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Am I accepting too much from A? About mistrust as well about A being rude? I think that your response to A's harsh response was very professional, and I suggest you try to do the same in case this situation repeats. Should I have said more things to B during the small talk? Personally, I would have not mentioned that you perceive that A does not trust ...


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Get over it. He has his way of solving problems, you have yours... he’s in a position to execute his solutions, you aren’t. If you feel that you can implement a better network wrapper, ask if you can have the The source code The time to work on it If you feel that you shouldn’t be using a v5/v6 wrapper, either Stick to the version you have Wrap the ...


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You have in fact addressed the organizational problems correctly by raising them with your manager. Little is being done with them, but that is beyond your control. Have you considered that "pushing harder" might create a conflict that is neither necessary nor productive? As it stands, it is neither your nor your manager's job to fix these organizational ...


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According to the OP it's a scrum project, so my first hint is to use the scrum tag which allows to find the posting easier. The second critique is that the initial sentence doesn't make much sense. quote: “I'm a technical lead who also line manages developers. One of the devs (lets call her Alice) I manage works in a separate scrum team to the ones I'...


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"several times Bob has used his authority to silence Alice and prevent further discussions on ways to improve the team." "separate scrum team".` A scrum team is a team of developers without roles. This should be raised by the scrum master to the dev team on whether this is how they would like to operate. Talk to the scrum master for the dev team ...


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If there's no higher authority, you could ask the other team leaders to help write some technical standards. In the first place, that shows Bob (or possibly you ;-) the standard that everyone else wants. If that fails, you can go to a non-technical authority with proof that Bob isn't a team player and is failing to uphold what is now 'company standards'.


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Bob wants to "fire" Alice, over what sounds to be disagreements of substance not just expression. Meanwhile you think Alice is accomplishing good work, but perhaps could use some coaching on communication. Sounds like what you really need to do is move Alice off Bob's project team and onto yours. Trying to force "help" where it isn't wanted just won't ...


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That's a tricky situation to deal with. I think the easiest way out of this (for now) would be to move Alive out of Bob's team back to yours or a place that's more compatible with her style & values. Maybe there is a swap that can be orchestrated. In the long term, there needs to be a way to address the mismatch between Bob and you/Alice. You need ...


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Who hired you to implement agile? If this same manager who is telling you to accommodate them was the one who hired you, then you need to tell him straight-up that the two objectives are not compatible, and that he needs to choose one. If he chooses accommodation, then you have to decide if you want to participate any further. If he chooses implementation,...


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It is important to understand people who have had leadership\authority\freedom of choice for decades, will not freely or voluntarily turnover the freedom for a set of rule, no matter how much the rules make sense. It may be a mix of timely accountability that they do not like. Developers who have been at it for decades have good days and they have days ...


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Consider doing a more structured Agile Methodology like DSDM as a compromise. Your boss told you to keep these two team members happy while simultaneously transitioning the team more towards an Agile development approach. It sounds like the two team members in question really want to work in a more Waterfall fashion. Fortunately, there are Agile ...


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I am now in two minds, should I take a step back and not do my job at the expense of keeping them happy or should I just do my job at the risk of job security? Your boss expects from you that you do both, and that is also what I would expect from a scrum master. Unfortunately you can't just come to a new team, tell everyone how they have to work and they ...


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Engineers/developers are split on scrum. Some love it and some like me hate it. Realistically, the only resolution is going to be that someone leaves the company. Scrum/Agile is just that polarizing. My last job introduced Scrum mid project and I used it as a way to write garbage code that could get into prod and spent the rest of the time job searching. ...


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I have spoken to my manager and his attitude is that I should focus on being really liked by accommodating their needs Then you have your answer - it's just not the answer you want to hear. You need to find the best compromise between making the necessary changes and keeping these employees happy. It's also a sensible call from your boss in many ways. If ...


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Playing the devil's advocate When I interrupt someone repeatedly, I usually know that I'm doing it. And if I'm not apologizing for it, it's usually because I think I had a very good reason for interrupting. It's usually because the other person is super longwinded, goes off on tangents, or repeats himself constantly. That's why I interrupt. No one speaking ...


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Your colleague probably doesn't know he's being rude and disrespectful. Try not to assume malice where ignorance or incompetence explains the situation. It's perfectly professional of you to interrupt him back saying, "excuse me, please let me finish. As I was saying ...." then just keep talking over him. You'll have to practice this a bit to make it ...


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What I have done in similar situations is calmly wait until the interruptor finishes interrupting, then say "What I started to say was..." and finish what I wanted to say. It's a reasonably subtle way of calling out that I was rudely interrupted, while remaining professional and dignified. Most people will pick up on it, especially if you do it often. I've ...


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I get very triggered and have started reacting negatively, lashing out verbally. Don't let it bug you in this way. You will both come across as unprofessional. I see plenty of people like this in meetings, but in meetings there is usually someone in control who will put a stop to their nonsense. My advice would just be to decline doing calls with the chap....


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