Questions tagged [teamwork]

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Supporting developers who insist on using their pet language

I've joined a team of around five developers building a microservice-based website, in a shop that emphasises autonomy and learning. However, it turns out one of the developers is writing "his" parts ...
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How do I tell my colleagues that the codebase they've built is a total mess and their practices are ancient?

The situation For a few months, I've been working with a new team in a new company. The company offers some web services and the team's role is to develop and maintain those services. Problem #1: ...
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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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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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Should I reveal productivity tricks to peers, or keep them to myself in order to be more productive than the others?

I am working as a Software Engineer and working with team on one of the products. While working I have developed some productivity tools and tricks which can automate some repetitive tasks and ...
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Should I talk to my team lead about unintentional sexism within the team?

I am a woman working with other three male developers on a client project. All of them are nice and open minded and we get along well. It's all good in informal conversations but when it gets to ...
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How to respond to a ridiculous request from a senior colleague?

The wife of a friend of mine is a junior analyst and recent hire at her company. Recently a senior research scientist on the team asked her to make a Powerpoint slide to illustrate chances. The slide ...
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Co-worker knows a small fact about me and blowing it out of proportion

Background I work on a small team of junior developers. We have meetings 2-3 times a week. This was my first real job after school and I struggled to find work, because I didn't have years of ...
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How should I respond to a colleague who refuses to email me task requests?

This morning one of our designers called me and asked me to complete a task. In order to have a written record, I asked him to email me, but he suddenly said he was going to talk to the manager and ...
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Extreme flexible working hours: how to get to know people and activities?

At the beginning of February I began a new job as full team manager (a role with aspects of project management, team management, technical leader, client management, etc.) in a new company (EU based, ...
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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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Managing “workplace martyrs”

I have some employees who will pick up any task that falls by the wayside, take on tasks or responsibilities that other people should be doing but aren't, and end up doing all the things no-one else ...
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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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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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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 people whose priority is to not get blamed?

I recently had a project which suffered a needless delay of a month because all three people involved thought it was someone else's turn to do something. My reaction was "Sigh, now finish the project"....
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How to deal with a subordinate constantly being in semi-professional chats

I constantly see one of my subordinates chatting in a semi-professional chat during her working hours. With "semi-professional" I mean that the chat is targeted towards frontend developers (which is ...
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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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Employee is self-centered and affects the team negatively

I manage a satellite office of about 25 people for my company. This question is about Jane, a new employee. She is young, in her mid 20s. I was the one who hired her. She seemed very pleasant and ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is being aggressive?

I’ve found that a relatively new addition to our team is being needlessly aggressive and I’m not sure if I should speak to them or our mutual manager about this face to face, or try some other ...
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How to work with a “fanboy”?

As an IT Professional, part of what I do when assigned larger projects from management is to meet either formally or informally with the stakeholders, work to establish a scope and a set of ...
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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 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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Who should pay for team building events?

I work in a big company and tasked with increasing engagement of employees who more or less have settled in their own (not so efficient) ways of doing work. One of the suggestions on the table is ...
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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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How do I tell my PM the priorities must change now?

My team consists of three people from my company: me, my co-developer and my project manager. My co-developer and I are from one department and my PM from another inside my company. The department ...
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How do you deal with the emotions of not being the one to find the cause of a bug?

I've had a couple of occasions where I've been trying to find the root cause of a bug. These are bugs that might originate with the code or server configuration but their effect is quite broad so ...
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How to work with a supervisor who forgets what he asked for?

I work as a programmer in a small company and a small team. I am currently working under a senior supervisor/architect. The problem I face is: The architect assigns work to individual programmers in ...
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Sharing self-developed but untested tools or processes with colleagues

As a QA tester for a software suite, I find that I have to install/uninstall builds daily, change system configurations in batches, etc. I find I regularly create .bat's, .vbs's, and .exe's to script ...
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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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Limited number of places at award ceremony for team - how do I choose who to take along?

My team has been nominated for an innovation award, and I can only take 5 people with me. The issue is that there were 10 people involved, and I'm unsure how I should describe the problem to my team ...
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How to help a junior developer that refuses help?

In my team, I am the person with the most experience. We lack a strict junior/medior/senior split so we are all equals. I have been involved with this project from the start and because of that I have ...
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Constantly being asked to do documentation of work that is not mine

I work as an ERP Technical Consultant and a few weeks ago I got assigned to one of our projects, which I thought would be great because it's a big project and I can benefit a lot from it. The first ...
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How to handle a team that does not want you as team lead?

The team lead of a project in my company got promoted to Project Manager and one of the oldest developers who worked for 2 years on the project expected to become team lead. I worked in a different ...
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How to better provide technical pushback without appearing defiant?

My project manager directed me to do something that I know (and later found out he already knew) was not supported by our underlying architecture. His thinking was an edge case would fail for people ...
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How do I politely tell my manager I don't want to work under someone

In my company in-between managers and employees like myself are team leads, more senior employees who individuals don't technically report to, but do prioritize team projects and generally have the ...
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Slowed down by code reviews

Our dev team have agreed that all code contributed to the project must be reviewed. We branch off master and merge back for every unit of work (sometimes a whole feature, sometimes just work-in-...
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Co-Worker working on Christmas/Holidays while they are off (to complete tasks I agreed I'd complete on our return from time off)

I would like to know how to deal with this situation. Basically our manager had a clear schedule on who is working and not working over Christmas. I took my vacation accordingly as I was the prime ...
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How should I respond as a developer if manual testing is assigned to me?

I'm software engineer at a private service based company. Even as a developer, we generally get repetitive development tasks. Now today my manager asked me to help with manual testing to meet the ...
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How to objectively measure colleague cooperation

I work in quality assurance of a medium-sized software development enterprise and my team's success is mainly based on the cooperation of any colleague, both inside and outside of our team. Many ...
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Event director schedules events without coordinating with me, causing extra work for me

Basically, my boss and his peer (both are directors of their respective departments), don't appear to agree on a particular policy, and it's resulting in extra work for me, confusion for my colleagues,...
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Ensuring fair distribution of clients in a commission work environment

I own a beauty salon. Right now I have 6 workers (2 stylists and 4 therapists). The stylists are specialized in cutting and all hair treatment, while the therapists generally do creambath, hair mask, ...
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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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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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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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How do you expose your need for team interaction without sounding like a slacker?

I have been working at internships on and off for the past 2 years, and at least twice I have been in the situation of having my own project to myself. The first time it happened, I was doing ...
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How do I handle conflict with an extrovert boss?

I am a female programmer who is an introvert. My lead is a male who is an extrovert. We are a team of two and we both started in this company at the same time couple of months back and my lead is new ...
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Team asked to stay late to finish another team's work. Finished my portion first and left, then criticised for leaving - was I in the wrong?

Our team of 5 (including supervisor) were asked by higher management to stay late after work to carry out a task that isn't part of our normal duties, but was necessary for the company as a whole due ...
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What are effective ways for a remote team to learn from a team handling an emergency situation?

When a team is dealing with a high-priority, time-sensitive issue such as a system outage or a production issue, how can a remote team learn from the team tackling the problem? Imagine your ...
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How can I get out of riding long distances with an obnoxious coworker?

My company has clients that are a 4 hour drive away from the office. Sometimes the project teams have to visit the Clients for update meetings. The last time this was the case the project manager ...