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Questions tagged [teamwork]

Working with others to complete tasks or projects.

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Should I address a coworker's performance when working in a temporary team? (software development, no real oversight)

I'm a developer who just started doing some consulting work at a small third party company on a temporary basis (a few months). I was asked to help out on a small side project in a different team, as ...
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Should I tell management that I intend to leave due to bad software development practices?

update: after reading the answers and comments below, I realized I started off with the wrong question, and actually just needed a change in perspective. The answers in this question are now much more ...
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How to deal with unfocused colleagues

A close friend of mine has twice expressed frustration in working on teams that are not focused. She has already switched teams once but again finds herself in a situation where she wants to switch ...
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Is it my job as manager to resolve a conflict between two of my direct reports?

If as a manager you had a situation of conflict/friction between some team members, setting aside their responsibility to collaborate in improving the situation, do you also look deep into the root ...
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As an analyst, how can I mitigate the consequences of missed deadlines due to unforeseen blockers?

My company recently put a new set of CRM features into production and management is eager to find ways to monetize them. A large part of my job has become analyzing the new data and making ...
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What to do about manager who isn't assigning any work?

I was, a year back, reassigned from one job role where I had a manager who was assigning me plenty of work, to a new project role with a different manager, who generally isn't assigning me any work. ...
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Employee lack of ownership

I manage 20 software engineers divided into 4 sub teams. Every team has good work standards and a high-level of ownership except one. That team has one senior guy and three juniors. Every time there ...
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Dealing with a Coworker who always knows better [closed]

I am currently in my second year of my apprenticeship in Computer Science/Programming, located in Germany. At the moment I am working on a redo of a website for our customers together with the ...
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Recruited for senior (SME) technical role but assigned medium-term to much more junior project - how to recover appearance and reputation in company?

I was recruited to a senior (but still individual contributor, not a manager) role to a company as a "subject matter expert" (SME), to take on an advisory / strategic / architectural overview and ...
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How to end useless, drawn-out technical conversations?

For context, I work on a software development team and I have a teammate we'll call Bob. Bob regularly comes up with ideas on how we can improve things and proposes these ideas to his teammates. In ...
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How do I explain to my team members I can't debug their code all the time?

Background: I was hired along with 6 other people to help clean up internal webpages. A couple of months later, the manger and the people above him decided that when we're done with the internal ...
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How to deal with favoritism in a scrum team? [closed]

How to deal with a situation when a scrum team colleague wants to cherry-pick interesting topics, manage and oversee the work of others and gets the Manager and PO's unofficial support? Our company ...
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Objective analysis of the situation [closed]

I joined as a frontend developer in a large company. When I first came into my team, they handed me a project for supporting legacy code and developing new code. After some time, they told me to ...
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Email to ask for work

I have recently joined a software company and I have to write an email to my counter part asking him to assign me some work in my project.i have never dealt with him before and I am struggling as to ...
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How to have honest conversations with the project leaders about a difficult client

So similar to this question: How can I deal with a difficult client? Except that we know that the client is difficult and have had multiple meetings dealing with after-effects of the client's ...
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Subordinate who has a good reputation may be breaking company policies

I work in big engineering organization. I have a very efficient, dutiful and experienced supervisor working under me. He has gained a great respect for his longtime services in the organization. By ...
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How do you learn to work in team? [duplicate]

I often think that I should know something already. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that if somebody knows how to do something then he/she could do this by himself and when I ask for everything then ...
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How can we be credited as individuals when pair-working as apprentices? [closed]

I work with a colleague who is similar in level but has different skills. They joined the company at the same time as me. We mainly focus on web development and software development (maintenance). ...
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Should I convince a recently recruited colleague to use the technical tools everyone else use?

I've recruited a junior profile, recently. So far, so good, tenacious, learning and willing to stick the hours to do so. However, one thing is a bit irritating to me and the other members of my ...
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How to motivate team to be proactive on daily scrum?

My question is related to this one but it is not the same actually. The context is the following: I'm the new manager of a new team, with 2 technical senior members. The rest of the team is new. We'...
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How to become more receptive to ideas as member of a mob programming team without going against my values

At the company I work for we have just started mob programming, where the team of three that I am a part of all write the code for our project together at one keyboard, and we only proceed if we all ...
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What to do when the developer whose code I review becomes defensive?

I am in the following situation. Small team within a large unit with many teams. There is an official code review process, but to a lot of developers it is more of a formality so it is a rare thing to ...
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coworkers unwilling to do code reviews

At work I've been temporary lent to another team this quarter because they have too much work on their plate. I'm here to work on subject X for this team, that is kinda stand-alone but would benefit ...
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New manager and old manager give conflicting instructions about helping other team members with their work. What is the correct approach?

As a software engineer have been assigned to a project of five member team. We all have our individual roles to a particular components. Sometime an issue arises in other team members component and I ...
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How should one be encouraged to ask to work in pair on a task which appears complex enough?

I'm working with a team of five developers working on a software product. The tasks range from very basic to rather complex. There is no rule making it mandatory to use pair programming. The current ...
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How can I ask my manager to give me a break from the current project?

For past 4-5 months I've been engaged in an independent project in my company. What I'm building is going to be used internally. 4 months ago, a senior architect (now a non-technical upper manager) ...
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How to cooperate with people not willing to go beyond just necessary? [closed]

I work in a big software company as entry level employee. In my team, there are two seniors. As of now, work is not very interesting (mainly documentation). As usual, my team does not like ...
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How to deal with differing opinions in a semi-large team [closed]

I am a part of a development team of 16 people split into 4 diciplines of varying sizes. We are a few weeks into production and we have yet to decide on a team name. We have a few contestants but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...