Questions tagged [teamwork]

Working with others to complete tasks or projects.

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How to work on behalf of manager? [closed]

My manager is out on holiday. I need to work on his behalf. What are the best way to motivate team members who are peers. How to add value during his absence.
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How to deal with team leader who doesn't want to redesign? [closed]

I work in software development in an industry which is very "nichy". What I mean is that persons outside of this industry often do not understand why you would even use management software. Anyway,...
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Restructuring has killed my team's morale. How can I remain productive when my colleagues have started competing with each other?

My employer is a vendor for a US-based organization that I work for as a contractor. The team consists of employees from client side, Employees from different vendors. I am one of the most senior ...
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New to Company – Potential Overbearing Peer Problem

I've recently been recruited into a large organisation in the UK as part of a huge hiring drive the business has engaged in with regards to their development function. I'm a Senior Developer, and my ...
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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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Growing from one-person-team to multiple people

At my workplace, I used to work alone for quite some time on some projects. Fortunately, now there is money and (hopefully suitable) people to take some from that work off me. I will still be around ...
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How do you handle a pressing question in your head while someone is in the middle of explaining something to you?

As a junior developer working on a rather complex system, I find myself in this situation constantly. A fellow programmer is explaining a topic that is relatively complex but I am following along with ...
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My company wants us to recognize our coworkers' performance and reward the people with the most “votes”

I work for a small software company. A new system being instituted as a part of performance reviews is to ask if you want to recognize any coworkers for their contributions. The people with the most "...
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When, if ever, is it appropriate to collaborate beyond the “Brainstorming” process?

Some companies feel that it's a waste of time to have, for example, one designer or artist at the drawing board (or computer) with another designer/artist sitting next to them providing creative ideas ...
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Colleague Playing Dirty - Stealing Best Team Members for His Team Alone

I have a colleague who's great when it comes to talking but is actually not very good in the work he does. This guy has the support of the management and is ready to do whatever it takes to make his ...
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My coworkers get more pay than me, even though I have been longer at my workplace [closed]

My coworkers earn around 30-40k more than I do. We do the same work, in fact I usually perform better than them and have been with the company longer. It does not seem fair. I don't feel comfortable ...
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How can I effectively structure mentoring with remote team members?

I am the only remote member of my 12-person team, and am also one of the most senior. We would all benefit if I could help to mentor some of the more-junior team members, but am not sure how to best ...
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How to deal with incompetent lead?

Alright, so we are a two people team directly reporting to our director. I have 4-5 years of experience and my teammate has 20+ years of experience. For obvious reasons he is my lead. We both are ...
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How to deal with a colleague that is focused on details outside of their responsibilities?

I'm the team lead at a small software development firm and we have one other developer that I share an office with. I am not their boss, but my responsibilities involve managing their tasks and making ...
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Document to convince boss to buy hardware over other hardware [duplicate]

I am looking for advice/guidance (on specific points) on generating/creating a document for convincing my boss to invest in some hardware to make my job easier and more-productive. Background The ...
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How to define clear boundaries for job responsibilities

So I am a web designer and I maintain multiple websites internal & external for the company. I was hired to implement various campaigns for the marketing department, landing pages, newsletters etc....
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Should I be worried of a possible lay off if I am not a domain expert nor am I a technical expert. I am basically jack of all trades?

I am in a team where I have recently joined 6 months back. Hence, I am still new to the domain and a newbie automation tester. We have had new additions to the team recently such that now we have 7-8 ...
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Maintain low profile - Help overcome complexity [closed]

I have a problem at my work place and I feel it's my inferiority complex. I was given a task to be completed to which I am kind of new.So It took me more time and I was partially able to complete it. ...
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How to deal with a manager who does not respect me?

I originally joined my workplace on a verbal agreement to create a website, and carry out admin work at the same time. Now I find myself just doing admin work, point-and-click-paper-pushing, and ...
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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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My colleague always ask for help. Should I help him always?

So my colleague always or at least most of the times ask for my help like he expects me to explain everything from scratch for every project. He wants to learn but doesn't quite catch up everything ...
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Team building for help desk representatives

I'm trying to figure out how to organize a team building event for help desk representatives. The team has seven employees and i'm their manager. It's going to be more of a relaxing afternoon (during ...
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Motivation vs. skill in company [closed]

I know all job advertisements say they're looking for people who are passionate, excited, growth-oriented, etc. A lot of the time I feel like my company hires people who are good at their jobs ...
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How to deal with interruptions? [duplicate]

Throughout the working day is a common practice to communicate, I find it good until the point where we communicated all day long and all the work done is in a draft state, leading one to work after ...
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How do I clear my part when I am blamed for my team member's fault?

I work with a junior colleague in a pair. The junior had no idea about something in the project and went ahead & discussed about it with client on his own. Although my reputation was fine with ...
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Dealing with a situation where there is no team lead and team lacks ownership and voice

I am a new QA member of a team with my peers being senior to me by about 2 years. I constantly find situations from my perspective where my peers need to step up and be the voice of what QA thinks / ...
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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 do I deal with an HR manager who thinks I am not being a “teamworker”

I started work in the beginning of this year as a volunteer in a charity. I was working for a manager in the office and I was originally hired to help him on a project that he was working on. When I ...
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How do I deal with constant unfair load distribution?

I've been working with a boss for 3 years now. About a year and half back, as the workload increased, we got another resource into our team. I and this guy share the workload together. We are partners....
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“Smooth” coworkers you cannot talk to [closed]

The situation is as follows: There are groups of 2 people, every group has its own workload to be done at the end of a working session. One of the co workers chooses "smooth" strategy to perform ...
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Are there companies that take into account smoking behaviour in their recruitment? [closed]

Even though some progress has been done with 'smoke-free' workplaces, in my experience co-workers - who smoke - keep the (toxic) smell with them, clothes and mostly breath, and also take their pauses ...
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How to deal with a lying teammate / superior

I have a teammate (technically my superior as their position title is "senior" to my "junior") who occasionally lies, or exaggerates questionably, about our team's progress when ask by our superior - ...
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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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How to deal with, or what to say, when team member always says “I Have already explained this to you”

I am a software engineer of 8+ years of experience and joined a company 5 months back. Recently, one new project was assigned to me, and my reporting manager has asked one of my team members to give ...
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Working with difficult people and processes that don't work

I work with software development, I'm trainee for about 5 months. Nowadays many things worry me in the team (composed by me, my leader and another developer): 1. We don't work with deadlines and ...
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How to not throw a coworker under a bus?

I appologize if the title is too idiomatic, but I don't know how to explain the case without it. Short version(non-technical). I have a coworker who has for some reason or another not learned a ...
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Reducing information silos and improving communication within team

In the company where I work, I have frequently found that information silos are a hinderance to team efficiency. The team whom I am a part of is small, 8 employees. To cite some examples, when I ask a ...
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How to request senior team members to prepare well for the team meeting?

I have joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big company. I am the youngest person in my team (probably 10 to 15 years younger than the other members). I like my team very much ...
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How do I effectively communicate with a co-worker who has Aspergers? [duplicate]

I strongly suspect that one of my co-workers has Aspergers. We are both programmers and he doesn't have any issues performing the technical requirements of the job, but I'm finding it extremely ...
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How to prove the manager we need a a new QA hire in the team? [duplicate]

Just like many teams we used to have a manual QA member. After a while he transferred to developer's position. We don't have any automated functional or unit testing. What we do have is so-called bug-...
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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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Working with “cowboy” coders? [closed]

I'm working on a project (gararge startup) with a dev that I perceive to be the "cowboy" type: typically works alone, deploys untested code in production doesn't use a source code repo makes ...
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How do I navigate around a difficult coworker?

A coworker and I started within a week of each other. We both interviewed for the same position and he is at a different level since he is a fresh graduate. We never had a good working chemistry and I ...
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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [closed]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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Why can't many teams be self-organized and how to help them to self-organize?

Note: although the question talks about programmers, I imagine it applies as well to many other professions where self-organization is suitable: scientists, visual designers, etc. I remember from my ...
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Giving critical information to a senior [duplicate]

I recently joined a project as the most junior member in the entire team. As usual, our project manager split up the work to be done and assigned the tasks to different team members for follow up. ...
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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 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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Interview Question: How would you assess your own performance when working as part of a team?

I recently went for an interview for a job where I would be working as part of a team and I was asked the following question: "How would you assess your own performance when working as part of a team?"...
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How to not appear defensive when turning down requests from the rest of the company? [duplicate]

Our company highly emphasizes that everyone should do their best at cross-departmental teamwork and as such we also have 360 degree appraisals, not just from our direct line manager. People get fired ...