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The short answer: No, you should not tell your boss that his work was worthless. Instead, express that it's not what you need. My rationale is that worthless is emotionally charged, maximally judgmental, and very much subjectively based. Worthless implies that there is literally zero underlying value to the way your boss arranged the information, and ...


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Deadlines are always met and the customer is very happy This is what matters. I know you want to feel like you know your teams strengths and weaknesses as a manager since that's your job, to manage the resources at your disposal however if everything is working out and your team is getting the job done, I would just leave it the way it is. The only ...


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Your boss worked over the weekend with the intent to help. Unfortunately, his work does not fulfill all the project requirements. Be grateful for his willingness to help, but be clear about how his work does not suit the project requirements. I would send the boss a quick email stating precisely which which requirements are not fulfilled. This will keep the ...


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I feel I don’t know who works for me, who works on which feature/bug/task and which are the roles and expertise of the member of the team Here are two things. One is that you don't know your team. This can be solved by simply asking them to meet. In Corpo linguo we call that "team building". Don't force, ask them to participate. Second things is that you ...


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Are you having weekly one-on-ones with your direct reports? If not, you should be doing that. Even though it might be done via phone or skype, it is still a meeting, and you'll still start to get to know them better. My boss is in another state, and while I do visit at least once a year, I've found that having a one-on-one has helped me get to know him a ...


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You should go over the requirements, point by point. Highly emphasize the things he did that helped, and downplay the things that did not. Give him an opportunity to save face by writing them off as misunderstanding's and miscommunications. Then, go over what needs to be done, and show him. He did what most people wouldn't which is jump in to help, and ...


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If he reduced to work to be done from 12 hours to 10 hours, and he did that in 1.5 hours, it's certainly not worthless. In fact, it's more than you could have done in 1.5 hours. 10 hours of work seems to be too trivial to make a fuss about. I suggest you thank your boss for his work, and spend the 10 hours fixing "the loose ends". Document in the ticket (...


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Whatever you do, DON'T ROCK THE BOAT! In my current workplace there's flex time and working from home. I've found these two perks to be the best perks to have ever received... It's too late for your employer to change the rules to something that's more normal as it is in my situation: Core hours between 10 and 16, Flex time only allowed between 7:30 and ...


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1) 20 reports is too many. That's the first place to start. There is a concept popularized by Jeff Bezos of a Two-Pizza Team. 20 people is way bigger than two pizzas. So let's start there, you probably need some sort of hierarchy in your team to reduce the load on yourself. 2) The fact that you, the manager, have never spoken to your team lead, who is ...


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In addition to the other answers, it may be helpful for you and your boss to have a sidebar discussion entitled "Make Excel Useful to Other Programs". Reading through the lines of your description, it sounds like your boss made some typical "heavy Excel user" mistakes, and reformatted lots of your data to look nice in Excel - while you need the data to be ...


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Depending on which industry you're in, you can directly see the output of their work. If it's a software company, simply look at everyone's git commits. You see what everyone has done clearly and immediately. If it's a construction site, you get down there and look at the actual building yourself with your own eyes. No matter what line of work you're in, ...


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The team consists of 3 sub-teams and communications usually take place via mailing lists or group chats. This is your starting point; you have an existing workflow and hierarchy. The suggestion of standup meetings by another poster is reasonable for most environments, but it may not yield results if your company isn't willing or able to enforce it. You ...


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Talk to each other - have a team / departmental meeting to agree on what constitutes a Pull Request (Peer Review, etc). Maybe you also have different levels of PR, depending on the complexity of the commit. Just review the changes? Compare changes against requirements spec? Has submitter also done minor refactoring to improve the codebase? Are there unit ...


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If you are sure there are issues that should have been caught (sometimes there really are no comments to be made) then it sounds like you have already gone through all of the usual steps by asking her about this and escalating to her manager. I think your managers are the same from the way you have discussed this, but if not then you can escalate to your own ...


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I can imagine it'd be uncomfortable to manage people you've never met. Especially when you're responsible for their performance. Things are going great now, what happens when you have an employee that's underperforming? What happens there's a conflict between your employees? You need to rapport to correct that and it would be very difficult to do so ...


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It's awesome that the culture and the team are so smooth-running that stuff gets done, on-spec, on-time, without formal management. (Below are some 'best practices'.) However now you've become their manager, you'll personally need to develop a minimal understanding of who does what/roles/competences/achievements, if only to manage them (with a light hand), ...


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Crafting and maintaining an online image of yourself is very difficult. Like you, I have to maintain two of them, an online self, and a professional self. A google search of my steam account would send you to 1000s of message forums, games, and probably stupid things I did as a kid because I have been using the same name since 2003. I might have my own ...


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