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How to let your manager know some of your colleagues are not the sharpest pencils in the box

I have situations where time and again I encounter non-sense, non-high-standard behavior from some of my colleagues in the work. These colleagues report to the same manager as me. These can be ...
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How to deal with a senior who is showing signs of lethargy?

I am working on a project with a team of three (my team lead, me and one of my peer). My team lead is very experienced in the field and vastly knowledgeable. He is very dedicated and committed to the ...
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How to deal with co-worker attacking me to hide incompetence?

After some downsizing at my workplace, I was assigned to work alongside a co-worker on some year-long projects. In past interactions, I knew she was struggling at the job, and she seemed honest about ...
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CTO acts as Individual Contributor (IC)

This is a "Team Lead / Tech Lead acts as an individual and doesn't lead" type question, but at a much higher level of a CTO. We're a small fully-remote business with a successful PaaS ...
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Classic/Textbook approach feedback delivery rejected

When doing conversations about critical feedback to others the approach that I know is optimal and most books recommend is using a tentative language, state the point in a factual and non justmental ...
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Since when work groups are called teams?

It was back in 2013 when I switched to a job where I first heard work groups (or departmemts/divisions) to be referred to as "teams". The mid-level managers who were using the word "...
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Team member regularly ignores "back to office" policy

A while back, the company announced a "Two days in the office" policy after working mostly remotely for the past two years. So every week, we are expected to work three times from home and ...
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How to deal with a good new employee with poor verbal communication?

We onboarded a new senior guy recently for a project manager type of role. Based on his past experience and profile/portfolio of work, he is very good. He has handled complex jobs at large orgs in the ...
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How to deal with a colleague who has a really bad performance

I am a team leader for a SW Team which got freshly merged with another team. One of the new team members (call him Member X) is showing really bad performance and most of his tasks only get finished ...
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Colleague just won't let things go. It wastes time and affects my morale

My colleague and I work together on a project. We generally get along well on a personal level, and he makes good contributions to the team. His opinions are often valuable and highlight things we ...
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How can I improve teamwork when the team relies on a few people?

I joined the team 2 months ago as a manager and I have a few teams in my organization. I noticed that each team relies heavily on 1 to 2 people. Every decision goes to a few people. Production ...
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Train very young colleague on professional skills

Someone has joined my team recently to run social, community, user research, etc. They have done this in the past for their family business and are very good with it. But they seem to be quite ...
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Project leader does not allow for my reduced capacity due to Educational commitments

My situation: Two weeks ago I changed from fulltime employment to parttime (20 hours per week) to finish my bachelor's degree. I communicated this to my team leader and colleagues 4 months ago. My ...
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How to respond to this work situation?

I work in a corporate environment and come from a Mathematics background. We develop products for customers and my job is to come up with mathematically sound algorithms to develop solutions. I have a ...
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How do you know if you are too flexible as a manager?

I joined a team as a manager and I am new in management. The team was in a part of the company that the demands have been "slow" and not much work that was a challenge. But since they did ...
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How to professionally handle toxic behaviors of the new manager after her probation

I have been working in a US-based company (> 70,000 employees worldwide) in China for 2 years as a data "scientist" for business/commercial analytics. Recently the new coming team leader ...
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How to get credit on a joint task with a team member who is reporting the task

I have been told to work with a new team member on a ticket they were assigned. It is their ticket so they report on it during meetings. Originally my manager intended for me to work on this ticket ...
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Is it really so important to have experience of working in big (software development) teams? [closed]

I decided to check if there are any interesting job opportunities in my area. Several words about my job experience and skills: I am self-taught. I have 2.5 years of working experience: 1.5 years in ...
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How do I get colleagues to stop piling work on me in my last month of work? [closed]

EDIT: Thanks so much for all the feedback and suggestions! You're right, I'm not obligated to do any extra work and it's not my problem if things burn after I leave. For those asking, I work remotely ...
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Colleague's delayed work is preventing me from completing my own tasks

One of my colleagues and I are doing a project together and I depend on his results, but his deadline has been extended several times. I asked him why he delayed his work. He answered that he was ...
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How to execute the policy: "carrot and stick" policy with employees. Is it effective in retention? [closed]

We are a startup and the team consists mostly of freshers. It's a team of 10 where I lead them technically. Recently the team is going through high attrition (this year 4 left). The neighboring team's ...
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Idle at work and feel left out

A brief background of myself: I worked for 4 years at my first company as a software engineer. There, we only had 5 members, one position for one role: 1 software engineer, 1 database engineer, 1 ...
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Co-workers doing extra work to an extent just to undermine my team contributions in front of manager

So I work in a small IT company where I am working on a small group project with two other coworkers. Based on what is expected from the manager, we frame our deliverables and divide the work amongst ...
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What are the correct steps in leading a discussion? (recruitment process)

Previously, I have had this group discussion as a part of a recruitment process. I think the purpose of this discussion was so that the recruiter can see our attitude when working in team. We were ...
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How to deal with co-workers who say that I don't trust them?

So we're working on a work process automation project. Basically our company is going to procure a machine and substitute the current manual process to be automatic. Obviously, this project has a ...
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What should I do if my colleagues make problem on my costs?

I am a test automation engineer and I use Selenium to automate testing of our web interface application. I need to work with stable HTML IDs which are created by Front End Developers. Unfortunately ...
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I feel like I'm thinking alone on a team-based project, while other members just follows what I said without any input. What should I do?

I feel like the team members that I work with seems to be just nodding automatically to what I say. Yes, I'm assigned as the project leader, but I don't expect that all my suggestion to be followed ...
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How do you deal with people who appropriates your ideas?

I work as a software architect in a Fortune 500 company. According to some people I know from the outside, I'm introverted and "too modest". There are 80 developers and 6 software architects....
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How to improve specific aspect of teamwork? (Confirmation of receipt of information)

Let's say I work in a team which works very well together in almost all aspects. If I had to pick one thing where the team underperforms, it's when it comes to acknowledging that information is ...
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Manager wants to me to change methodoloy for no good reason and I don't accept it, so we will have a meeting about it. How should I proceed? [closed]

I work in a small/medium startup (20 to 30 people) as a software developer. In this company there are 3 teams that kinda overlap with each other in the sense they all work with the same tech stack, ...
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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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