Questions tagged [teamwork]

Working with others to complete tasks or projects.

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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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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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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 ...
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Another team at my company is being secretive (or just uncommunicative) about work that we should be collaborating on, how can I get them to open up?

I work as part of a tech team team that handles database applications for various business statistics. Our database platform is somewhat dated, but the business application that runs on it uses ...
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Fluff work: What is your strategy? [closed]

Fluff work All 3 positions I have done had a form of fluff work 1- Virtually unending “Jiras” or bugs due to crappy code on legacy systems 2- Operational burdens of owning online services 3- ...
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Should I view being pulled to assist other teams as a good or bad thing?

I do Software Quality Assurance. In the past 6 months I've been pulled off my primary team to work with other teams. These are not one day tasks, but month long projects that require lots of time ...
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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 to deal with a two-faced management? [closed]

I am a software developer, I am always doing my best and OT if I need. I recently joined a new company where everything is fine in appearance but completely fake behind, let me explain a bit more. ...
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What to do when given task over my head?

I have been working at [insert name of large software company] for under 1 year. That time has been spent mostly on ops stuff and tests written in scripting languages. On my team, I am the only person ...
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How to tell a core group member they give terrible presentations?

I am assigned to a group that has been tasked to give a presentation. I have worked very hard on becoming a good presenter, taking spare time to study subjectively good presenters/presentations (Steve ...
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How to handle no-work situations?

I have been working at my company for over a year now, I started as a Junior-Mid level programmer, in the beginning I was assigned to a "tutor" to understand his work so HE could take vacations since ...
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What to do when a manager constantly blames me for project failures and reports this to higher-ups?

TL;DR: Given several recent failures on projects we have, Eve (my boss' boss) got mad at me and I am afraid that Adam (my boss) keeps telling her that it is my fault all the time, when I consider it ...
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Validity of leadership types theory for software development teams - yes or no? [closed]

By Forsyth and frequently cited, there are the following types of leadership, namely by task either relationship focus: Task-oriented (or task-focused) leadership is a behavioral approach in which ...
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How to professionally decline request for peer review due to tight deadlines with one's own work? [duplicate]

I work in as an IT auditor in the InfoSec profession. A colleague of mine in the IT Security department has asked me to peer review / provide my professional opinion on an application penetration ...
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How can I persuade my manager to include my name in the article if there's no attribution policy?

I work for a company as a copywriter. My core responsibility is to write engaging marketing content related to the product I'm advertising. Recently, I've written an article on my own initiative. I ...
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How to provide feedback on technical debt after first day in role [duplicate]

I've just joined a startup (first day finished). And there's a few things i've already noticed are a little off kilter. The major is that a fundamental piece of the engineering (RPC) is a framework ...
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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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How to be better at teamwork and communication in software dev? [closed]

Basically, what resources and books to learn this better for engineering? I'm used to working as an independent consultant in programming and the few teams I've been on skewed heavily dysfunctional(...
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What to do if what my Lead say is different from what others expect from me

I started a new job, I really liked it and it was ok. I've been doing cool stuff for 5 months. Now I started noticing strange things, I've been working closely with few people from others departments (...
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How to win at workflow and influence coworkers [closed]

I was tasked with a rather open-ended assignment: to document the workflow processes of my organization. I spoke with my coworkers and boss and concluded that this task would not only cover ...
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How to improve communication between manager and employee to improve productivity?

This is not my situation, but something I am witnessing and was asked to help with. So, suppose that I lead a small team. I communicate and provide details on tasks to team members via email. One of ...
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How to encourage team members to share responsibility of presentations?

For context, I've been on a team of 8 for a year now and recently my team has taken on a very big project for the company. Because of this, naturally, a lot of managers want presentations of what is ...
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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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Is this a case of bad team management, or am I taking this up wrong?

We are implementing a new system at work. It's a huge change; changing over from an older system. It has been in the pipeline for 2 years. Three of us have been working on it now for about 6 months. ...
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Client is personally asking me to change a colleague's work while he's absent [closed]

I am currently working as a junior C# developer in the Netherlands. Last Wednesday, a senior developer, who was working for a client I never met, went on a summer trip for 4 weeks. Before he left, he ...
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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 continually test people knowledge about a certain topic in a non tedious way?

I was tasked with teaching my coworkers about certain work policies, (business procedures and standards in a software company) as well as making sure their knowledge of those policies is up to date on ...
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Strategies for managing older employees?

A friend asked me to provide recommendations as to what he can do early in his new role to improve his chances of succeeding as a supervisor, and to promote satisfactory performance from his team. He ...
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“Unexpected” on-call duties

I am working in a quite big IT company in Europe. Recently we faced a series of structural changes, and one of them was "join the modern world-wide trend" and distribute on-call duties among the teams....
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How to train customer service team to better describe issues

We run the development team in an agile mode. We have agreed that we will have a place called the "Inbox" so that people in the customer service team can report bugs or important issues so we can ...
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Team members not contributing [duplicate]

I work as a software developer. I have taken on another task which is not part of my job, setting up a bunch of new servers for a new application that the company I work for has bought. I am working ...
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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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What should I do when support staff won't help? [closed]

I'm a new hire at a job that has recently had high turnover of licensed staff. My job involves a lot of decision-making and 1:1 time with my clients that only I can do because I'm licensed to do it. ...
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As a junior programmer, how do I deal with conflicting instructions from two seniors? [closed]

I am a junior programmer in the company. Two of my seniors have asked me to implement a function in two different ways. Should I write two different implementations as they have instructed, or ask ...
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How to address your father working at the same place respectfully? [duplicate]

I work at a large corporation that my father also happens to be employed at as well. I was not given this job as a form of nepotism, and have since advanced in rank and role above my peers outside of ...
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Should I apologise/talk to my lead? [closed]

Thank you for helping with this - How do I handle conflict with an extrovert boss?. I did work on my communication and I started talking more to my lead sharing updates on what am I doing and asking ...
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Team employs bad practices in programming, Should I still stay?

I work as a programmer, mainly as a web developer, for a company that makes use of a niche programming language that has a bad reputation. Basically, the developers that left the company have made ...
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Is it common for the reviewer to write down review comments himself?

I've been assigned the task of reviewing my colleague's work. He claims it is complete and that he has done the checking. When I reviewed a few pages (about 1/5th), I found some things (about 10) ...
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Running retrospective with a small, dysfunctional team

I've started at a gig that (for the purposes of this question) is an established but struggling company using IT as a business enabler, but not a core function. Around 200 staff with 6 IT staff (...