Questions tagged [teamwork]

Working with others to complete tasks or projects.

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Too many cooks/leaders problem solutions

I am working in the Startup world and noticed that often there is a problem of too many people jumping on the issue, wanting to lead it, make decisions etc I know it from Corporate world it was ...
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Team manager never accept my solutions

I've been working as a software developer in this company based in Germany. For several months I've noticed this particular behaviour from my manager that may affect my motivation in the future. In ...
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Critical handoffs to/from another team that does not have their s**t together

Scenario: Teams A, B, and C all report up through the same organization and each has its own manager and lead(s). The teams work closely together to perform related but distinct functions, and each ...
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Product Owner complaining that he's not part of the team

I am currently a Scrum master of a team since a few months. The Product Owner feels he's not part of a team, not liked by Team Members and that he is sidelined. For more context, he's been with the ...
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I am a marketing manager who keeps being bossed around by all the other departments

I work for a start-up that's been growing super fast in the last months. I'm their marketing manager and I work alone, I have no team. All the other teams are big yet they keep focused on their niche ...
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Would it look bad if I asked to be removed from a project?

So, I started a new job about 4 months ago. I could start an entire thread about the challenges that go with a complete lack of organization (which is part of the issue here), but I'll stick to the ...
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Helping a colleague that does not give credit back

We are a 2-developer team and a PM. My colleague is new and his skills are lacking with regards to his position. As result he is getting a lot of help from he. My problem is that when it comes to the ...
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scrum - how should we discuss approach of user stories?

I am part of a 6-developer scrum team and we do sprints of one week. To be able to get an story in a sprint, we like these stories to be clear-enough (ready) before we start on them. Typically, this ...
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Coworker hoarding all the fun tasks and leaving the rest of the team with the boring stuff

I have a coworker who is actually a great developer but he claimed all the fun and interesting aspects of the current project. Management jumps at the idea of him getting assigned of these features ...
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Helping a team member to ramp-up

I work in a startup of 9 people. It is my first position as a lead developer. I have started to build my team 9 months ago, we were two for many months and due to a tight deadline we have hired two ...
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Recommend the employer to terminate the employee that I recommended

Summary: I have been hired as solo developer on a project. My boss asked me to find another developer, and my ex-coworker got hired. Now I want them off the project because of bad work ethic. It's ...
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How to navigate career growth in a team with title inflation and with a manager who fails to retain skilled employees?

I recently started a new job as a mid level software engineer.Team was made up of 3 seniors and 2 mid levels including me. Within my first month, other mid level colleague took extended leave due to ...
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How can I maintain cooperation while declining meetings scheduled past my local bed time?

The project manager has asked me to have an every-other-week, one-on-one check-in with an international colleague in another time zone. The meeting time has been slotted for 9:45PM-11PM my time. My ...
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Gave a bad feedback to an employee on an appraisal and my manager has basically demoted me

I'm the marketing manager of a very successful start-up and the social media manager who I have been managing for the past two months and a half is really bad. She's incompetent, she's a bad colleague ...
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What can I say to an uncommunicative teammate to understand him better and lead to more productivity?

I have a teammate who generally is a quiet, introverted person. I don't have an issue with that. My issue comes from his apparent lack of proactivity and willingness to communicate with others. I ...
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How to gain business acumen while in a business analyst role?

Sorry for the long post. I'm working in an e-commerce firm. I have 4 years of experience working with SQL, Python and a handful of BI Tools that I have grown very comfortable working with. I feel that ...
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How to bring up coworker being uncooperative during onboarding?

Manager at a new role has assigned a senior teammate to help with onboarding, who has been very uncooperative. At some point she simply dropped out of a call, answered yes when I asked if she would ...
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How do I encourage team/senior developers to write mandatory unit testings?

How to encourage team/senior developers to write mandatory unit testings? Team background and my role I am an iOS developer, working in a team of 6-7 members. There are only two iOS developers, ...
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How to encourage new team member to communicate at the same level as the rest of the team

I manage a team of 5 developers, a QA and a BA. Over the last two years the team has transformed from an attitude of cowboys in silos to a communicative, collaborative group. In particular the devs ...
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How to open conversation about low performance of the team

I'm working as a part of a team, I'm a backend developer. I work with two front-end developers. Last three sprints we missed delivery on things that were related to the front-end. My work is usually (...
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How can I deal with team members messaging in group chat (possibly about me) during virtual meetings?

Recently I am experiencing an awkward situation with my team. We are 10 people, divided in three micro areas. I have daily contact with my direct supervisor and one colleague and we work really well ...
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Developing in an academic institute [closed]

We are currently an academic institute of around 50 people. The institute does typical industry research, batteries, metals, magnets, etc. Recently, they began more and more relying on algorithmic ...
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How can I make sure my colleagues understood my explanation?

A few years ago, when I was a trainee developer at my current company, there were some rare situations when my supervisor would explain something to me about one of my tasks, after which he would ask ...
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Large discussions with my manager about software decisions

I admit, I don't know to manage one situation, I have doubts about the best approach with the pull requests with a particular reviewer.. I would appreciate all the possible feedback to understand ...
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When is it appropriate to make small talk while working?

I learned from this question that sometimes making small talk is obligatory but I just wonder when to make it. For instance, I notice that my team leader would initiate a non-work conversation when he ...
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How can I actually get people involved to reduce my bus factor without revealing my intentions to leave?

I am currently applying for new jobs, so I'm planning my exit. And since I am the subject matter expert for an entire tech product, I've been doing my best to create as much documentation as I can to ...
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Is there a standard approach for keeping an overview of current and next tasks per team member?

Preface: This question is asking for a commonly accepted approach of managing specific aspects of a team (if such an approach exists). As one of my tasks of leading a team of professionals, I have to ...
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What should I do when I have nothing to do at the end of a sprint?

This is my first software development job. Initially I paired a lot with other developers but recently I’ve started doing smaller tickets on my own because I have just enough enough experience to ...
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Not well recognised in the team work, how to improve that?

I was the key player in my team and contribute significant amount to the team work. Actually I solve the most tough part of the work for the team. But I am not well recognized as an individual and an ...
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My Boss delayed a website launch from a client due to changes in workflow

Today was the deadline to deploy a new site for a client. I worked on this alone for the last month or so and finished mid last week. I told the client that their site will be live this Monday morning....
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How to address individual misbehaviours while preserving the team psychological safety?

Google's Project Aristotle describes "psychological safety" as what matters the most for teams to effectively work together. The study cites another, Psychological Safety and Learning ...
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How to handle product owner overrule technical team lead?

My team builds a notification system and we have designed an integration flow and how to use our system. Earlier this week, we found an issue in our product where it sometimes sent multiple emails ...
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Working Collaborative with Other Departments

My team has owned a marketing a project for about a year now that the marketing department would like to start having more ownership in and collaborate in. We owned it by default because no one their ...
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How should I deal with coworkers who don't want to engage in small talk?

I work with a great team of people. I'm the only female, and I'm younger, while the others are middle-aged. We usually get along great, have fun, engage in ridiculous banter, and share a lot of laughs....
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How to collaborate on javascript team when you don't know Javascript?

I started a new job 3 months ago. During the interview process, I was told I could pick whatever language I want to use to do the project. A couple of weeks ago we started the project, and I was ...
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Should I explain non-technical background for my code review critique?

TL;DR; Should I explain to junior developers that I'm being scrupulous during code reviews because our boss asked me to help them improve their code quality, and not just because their code sucks for ...
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Raising a startup, but workmates are falling behind on their tasks. How to handle this?

My friends and I are currently raising a startup that will launch our first product at the end of Q3 this year. Apart from the freelance marketing team, this startup consists of three developers, ...
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How to approach colleague to address lack of teamwork behavior

Background: we are a small hardware startup, with a management team of 3. Our day-to-day can be extremely high stress and frustrating, much of which stems from an inexperienced ceo. In my role, I ...
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How to deal with a coworker who is tasked to support you but is dragging you down?

TL;DR I have an assignment, 3 weeks in, and due to schedule concerns and the team has a nascent understanding of the assignment at hand. However, I feel like the co-worker tasked to help me who has 20+...
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Fancy way to write self comments [closed]

I am software engineer. I have performed following task. How can I write this information in fancy manner in my self appraisal to make it sound more appealing: Led the development team. Managed the ...
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Negative feedback for coworker

I need to provide feedback for this coworker who has created multiple issues. Among them are that he: Has careless attitude. Never meets deadlines. Fails to deliver. Refuses take responsibility. ...
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How to manage the team efficiently in my new position as an inexperienced lead?

Background I have been working as a Software developer for more than seven years. I am going to start working on a new position as a Lead software developer in a new company. The company has a complex ...
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How to handle a peer that thinks he is my boss? [duplicate]

My company recently completed a big re-org and I've been placed on new a team project at work. This is a cross organisational team of about 15 people. We've divided into smaller, more manageable ...
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Developers want every little bug with a ticket? It is causing a lot of needless paperwork?

I am the lead QA on a software team that has a lot of stakeholders who are constantly changing the requirements so there end up being of small cosmetic bugs that need to be changed. Most of them ...
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If you are very effective in a leadership position, should you still pursue “being one of many”?

In a performance review I was told that I was doing excellent job when I was in a specific setting: in charge. In situation when I was in charge of coordinating other people or leading a project, I ...
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Colleague is negative and does not acknowledge me

I have the following situation. I am new to a team but not new to the project have worked in it for couple of years but I was away on different assignment again for 3 years. Now I am back in new team ...
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How to avoid making my co-worker feel dispatched or replaceble

I'm trying to make a co-worker to add some kind of version control to her code in order to read her code, keep a backup of it and learn from it. She has a lot of capacities in this company that are ...
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How to handle a colleague who gave me a very basic feedback

I am a dev in a big tech company. My team has another developer, and we're managed by the director directly because there isn't a direct manager available. So basically we're a team of two devs, that'...
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A colleague who resists workflow

In a software technology startup team, there is a colleague who is perceived to resist this desired workflow: Use self-hosted GitHub: Open issues Regularly comment/update on in-progress issues ...
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New Team Leader, how to handle nomination criticism

I've been appointed yesterday as Team Leader; I was astonished as I am still under probation, but this means also that the company has given me an enormous trust and I've shown already plenty. There'...

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