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Making decisions in a group: discussing, voting, or else? [closed]

I am having regular discussions in a new team of five people. There is no team lead, we all have the same seniority. When making decisions as a group, we still have to adopt a single method. As this ...
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How to send managers for basic software development process training? [closed]

UPDATE: This situation pertains to my current one w.r.t. potential partnership with co-founder. It also however relates to previous situations in which the company I was in was trying to address these ...
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How do I encourage a more junior employee to work more thoroughly and do the job properly?

I'm a senior software developer at my employer and I have recently been put in charge of a more junior developer. This is my first time acting as a manager (or even a mentor). I've been tasked to give ...
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IT help desk extremely slow

I work in information security performing risk assessments and handling incident responses. At our company, we have a person that is our IT help desk (Tom). We only have 5-7 people in the office so it’...
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I accidentally did my colleague's work better than he did. Should I say anything about it?

My colleague and I both work for a small startup. We have been both allocated different sections of the product to work on, with different areas of expertise. We both have the same boss (the company ...
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In an interview would talking about your achievements be interpreted as being a bad team player?

I have been in interview situations where the interviewer had asked pressing questions regarding my achievements: "did you do it or was it the team?". Should I downplay and say it was a team effort at ...
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How to safeguard your trade secrets at work? [duplicate]

I work in the analytics function of a company, which has just started. The sales team until now were making their own reports from their data. Having some experience in the analytics domain I have a ...
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How can I tackle being retroactively assigned project ownership for blame?

I have a situation where, in spite of not being the project lead, I've been expected to do most of the project work, but without the necessary support and timely input from colleagues. Much of the ...
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How to handle mentoring without giving orders?

I work as a system administrator in North America. My team is relatively small, and of our team members, I am the most tenured. The environment we work in is very complex, and there is no formal ...
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How to stress the importance of communication to team members who complain about team spending time on meetings and useless discussion

In my team where I'm the team lead, sometimes a couple of members make comments that the team spends a lot of time in meetings and discussions. It's worth mentioning, that both these members from ...
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1answer
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How do I convince my manager that learning from books is as relevant as learning “on the job”?

My supervisor believes that only common sense and experience matter when dealing with work issues. He is not one for theory or 'book learning', but has an intuitive knack for the craft and a great ...
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1answer
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Signals that I should stop trying to solve a team organization problem, as an intern

I am an intern and at work I feel like the largest pitfall of our project is the communication between the team leaders. I am totally comfortable to talk with my direct superiors and my direct team ...
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How to admit I don't know something without making myself look incompetent?

Short version: I want to look professional even in the situations where I'm unable to help other teams in the office. I don't care about creating shallow impression of being more skilled than I ...
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How to communicate technical ideas to non-technical people

In my workplace I am a process engineer that regularly works with people whose highest education is a High School Diploma. There is nothing wrong with that, as many of them are very intelligent, just ...
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Are there positions like “Idea man” or “Solution maker” in programming/engineering groups? [duplicate]

I am a mid-level computer programmer, but I am very good in finding solutions for problems or giving novel ideas to create a new product. I also know how to design with SolidWorks or Altium designer ...
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3answers
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How to deal with team members who are slow at working / getting back to me

I'm a programmer / IT analyst and I work with 4-5 people on a regular basis. Recently, I've been assigned with automating a fairly large task, and I've reached the point in my development where I need ...
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14answers
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How to ask a non-programmer not to advise me on programming tasks

I have this problem with an otherwise very respectable colleague, who holds the position of consultant/tester in my team. Due to them being in the company twice the years I've been working here, they ...
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12answers
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How to politely write 'I work best when working alone' in a CV

Usually in CV one would write how collaborative he is and how he appreciates a team work. At least, this is what most companies want to find in a candidate. In my own CV I would like to point out ...
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Joel Test equivalent for a high-performing digital marketing teams?

The Joel Test is a great, simple way to measure the quality of a software development team. It's just 12 questions: Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily ...
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Reworking code at work to follow best practices is consuming my personal life

I have nearly 6 years of development experience. I like to deliver good quality code, making sure to follow best practices and take responsibility for my work like any professional developer. At ...
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547 views

how to handle and motivate a teammate?

I am fairly new to a company and I was assigned to a project with only myself and one other staff member. He has been assigned to this project longer than me, but technology-wise, I am more ...
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3answers
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I am irreplaceable but cannot do my job due dependency on incapable colleagues' work [closed]

I work for a small company of about 10 employees. The owner comes from an entirely different field. I was the first employee he hired. I used my experience in this field to help him build the company, ...
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2answers
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How to deal with a non-communicative/avoidant workplace? [closed]

I've recently changed departments and I'm trying to learn new processes, as well as resolve issues in payment and coordinate on complex technical challenges. However I find no matter what medium - ...
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I do most of my team's work. How to get the work more evenly distributed? [closed]

I work in a 2-member development team. We have been working at the client's site for a month. I have done about 85% of the project work, and my coworker has done the rest. This coworker refuses to ...
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1answer
329 views

How to work with a colleague who is jealous and always wants attention? [closed]

I am a developer, We have formed a new team 3 months ago. We are all, roughly, new to the company except one guy, who is the one other developer in the team. This guys wants to be always the best, ...
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Dealing with problematic SCRUM master/collegue [closed]

In Brief: I'm doing the same work all day and being passed over for more intersting work. I'd like to remedy this. I'm a member of a small Devops team. Team tasks can be roughly divided into two ...
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Another team doesn't do their job and affects my team

We are a startup and composed of a few teams including IT and marketing. Lately, the marketing team is not doing their job and affecting my team a lot. Basically, when they cannot do something, they ...
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3answers
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Should I look worried by problems on the workplace? [closed]

I always look relaxed, even when there are troubles, I look like a zen master, seeing my worried face is extremely rare. I have a coworker which is always worried of everything, usually we are ok but ...
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1answer
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How to deal with manager who keep leading project into wrong directions?

My current situation is as follow: i work in a software company, mainly focus on embedded system. i moved into current company in 2016 and started as fresh-man at division X. The current project was ...
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2answers
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As a new technical lead, how can I evaluate junior (software) engineers fairly?

I have been the technical lead in a group of 8 software junior engineers for the past 4 months. This is my first technical lead position and it comes with the uneasy responsibility of assessing each ...
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1answer
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How to effectively work with conflicting manager-type personalities?

Scenario: A team of engineers has been divided into smaller "jobs" with 2-4 people working on each with the purpose of combining the sub-projects into the one larger project. Issue: My manager and I ...
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1answer
393 views

Is it professional to be too specific about a person's behavior even if it impacts work?

If someone is not using their time efficiently thereby causing extra work and delays to other colleagues obviously this is something to report to the manager to deal with. But when the usage of the ...
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655 views

How to tell a coworker what to do?

There is a person at work who has been in the company for almost 5 months. She was trained by other people. The problem is, she is very lazy. She never offers to help me and she often works on trivial,...
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Uncooperative department heads

I am a department head in a mid-sized nonprofit agency. Another department head with much more seniority than me refuses to work with me. She consistently goes behind my back to her staff or over my ...
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Should I inform my colleague/manager that I get sudden “bad days”?

Some context: I work as a programmer at a large sized company in the Netherlands. I have been working there for nearly 2 years and so far (this is also my first job), I haven't heard anything negative ...
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How to motivate team to be more proactive on meetings?

We are in a stabilization phase of a software project, we arrange a cross-functional meeting every week with testers developers project managers etc, to facilitate better communication of the tasks at ...
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Unhelpful colleagues, how to handle?

I am currently shadowing a colleague as part of my introduction in the company in a delivery role. Colleague behaves in a very insular way, does not share ways of working and ends up creating a ...
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How can I commit to a team decision that I disagree with?

In my current job, I need to work in a team who I disagree a lot with. It starts with basic things, like how to track our tasks and ends in big things like the design of our application. I know I ...
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What to do when someone is pushing to take control of a hobby project?

I'm working on a hobby project for a game - it's in an alpha state right now and I have users using it. For the past 9 months I have been the sole developer, but now I found someone who was willing ...
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How can I get a socially awkward team, which lacks good interpersonal skills, communicating more effectively? [closed]

I manage a socially awkward team and this is leading to problems with communication. Ever since I started at the company, and before I managed the team, I noticed how quiet the team was, and how ...
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6answers
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How to deal with a workplace that spreads you too thin?

I am in a situation that I do not believe is unique. Basically company A is a small company, less than 100 employees, in cyber security industry. There is a ton of work to be done, but lacking the ...
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How to deal with a developer that has poor skills but with whom I get on well? [closed]

I'm a Tech Lead since 4 months, as a Freelance, for an end customer. One of "my" developer has really poor skills and, despite a severe amount of time spent to teach him and help him, I haven't ...
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I am worried about becoming a pest to those I ask for help [closed]

I started work 2 months ago in a big company (5000 employees) as a software developper. I have the following problems: The manager assigned to me a couple of tasks. As in warming up. For each task ...
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2answers
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How to ask for mentor-ship when starting a new job

I just joined a company in the US (350+ employee) as a Software Development Engineer. Within my team, I am the youngest and the least experienced. I like the department and the new job, and I would ...
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How to approach the issue of coworkers eschewing involvement?

So, I often send out emails regarding how to improve the team's work and productivity. Usually 2 coworkers (out of ~10-20), at most, will submit their opinions. The pattern I have discerned is this: ...
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How do I effectively address the Dunning–Kruger effect? [closed]

After reading the FAQ, this question might be considered as too-broad and opinion based. So if such is the case, please let me know and I'll preemptively stop the question. Dunning–Kruger effect ...
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How to overcome corporate inertia [duplicate]

The situation: I work on a small company in Brazil, that is not focused on development. I can’t really find a way to describe my position, but I work as a mix of infrastructure, network and database ...
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How to remind to your boss that he needs to work on something?

I'm working in an open office, where there are various teams and various projects divided by tables. My boss sits in front of me , and until now we've been using very informal ways to give us tasks ...
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Dealing with non-communicative offshore teams

I am finding it very difficult to deal with offshore team at my current company. They often don't respond to emails and/or instant messages regarding work-related issues. If they do respond, it takes ...
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How to handle some one misrepresenting what others say

I have an interesting case. A new person joined the company which is something like a project manager. I do not report to this person. It is starting to become apparent that this is a person that ...