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Stop any new development on the project immediately. Start documenting it, including (for each major aspect) the current situation - what works, what doesn't, what needs handholding, and what hardware is required. Note any issues that you can for see - e.g requiring new hardware at the customers. When you're writing this document, there will be a tendency to ...


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"What is it that I can do to end this relationship as quickly as possible?" TL-DR: Just. end. it. Please. You can end this relationship right now by stopping to engage in communications that cost you your health and wellbeing. I know it seems differently but it really isn't. Looking more closely to this situation, the only people who are ...


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What is it that I can do to end this relationship as quickly as possible? It depends on how much money is outstanding and how badly you need the payment. If it is not significant, just ignore any communications that they send and move on. If it is significant and you have fulfilled all of your contractual obligations, the only communication that you should ...


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Yes, bring it to the next in line over your boss. Pay attention to how this gets addressed too, if brushed off they might not actually want to fill that position. How do you feel about being short staffed for two more years? I know you don't want to find a new job right now (nobody does) but IMO this behavior is enough to at least get the resume up to date ...


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You are over thinking this. No two people in your company will have exactly the same goals and motivations, likewise no two teams and no two departments. But different is not the same thing as opposed. Engineers want lots of time to do things because they want them to work, sales wants features to attract and keep customers. Sales wants the features to ...


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There is nothing that you could describe as "normal" in business I would more describe it is as common. There are many companies that have a hard cut between "business" and "engineering" there are some that have no such cut and loads with grey areas in between. Neither is right or wrong and it doesn't equate to a dysfunctional ...


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From the POV of the leadership, there is no distinction between business and engineering: it's 100% business. All activity in engineering eventually falls under Profits and Losses, and somebody in the Engineering department is eventually responsible for the revenue attached to their activities. Different companies have different ways to attribute value and ...


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Is this normal or typical, or just a sign of a dysfunctional software company? It's fairly normal, and not at all a sign of dysfunction in and of itself. In many companies where I have worked, it's not quite as absolute as you portray. Often, many folks on the business side have at least some background in engineering. And many folks on the engineering side ...


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As others have said, it is absolutely normal for different parts of the organization to have different specializations, namely business and engineering. It's also normal for there to be different priorities. However each should also recognize the skill set of the others. Engineers should appreciate that sometimes they have to do things differently for ...


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Is this normal or typical It's not typical but it's common enough to have different sections with different focuses. Normally marketing versus engineering, but could be any. It's not dysfunctional in the sense that it cannot work. It's a bit inefficient, but often the engineers don't have the full picture either.


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Sounds absolutely normal! Sourav Ghosh has outlined one approach (using SCRUM). In my experience it is the job of the IT Architect to bridge the gap between the business requirements and the technical solution, sometimes with a Business Analyst to help. You might find this Architecture Skills Framework page from The Open Group Architecture Framework helpful....


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If I assume by saying "business" you mean sales, then, I can say, the bridge between these two seemingly opposite entities is a role / functionality called Product (Program) Management. In short - to state this in an over-simplified way, Sales gets the customers and their requirements, Product management translates the requirements to engineering ...


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Step 1 is to update your own resume. The answers saying to report the boss are accurate, but incomplete. Start looking for other opportunities, and be prepared to leave once the bridge is burned with your current boss. Then, yes, make sure the company knows WTF is going on. The behavior you are seeing is not normal. If you don't want to deal with working ...


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So many Red Flags - prepare your plan B. Despite record profits we got no Christmas bonus or CoLA (despite record inflation in my area), let alone legitimate raises. A huge red flag that your company is greedy beyond any sanity. In my experience this is most likely to happen when a take-over is being sought by management (i.e. someone else take's over the ...


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There are places in the world and businesses based on family ties where this MAY be relevant. These are outside of US for sure. Not only your boss is fundamentally wrong to mix your and your wife's employment matters, but it can also be understood as a hint that you are more vulnerable because the company may fire BOTH you and your wife at once. In some ...


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Your boss's statement seems stupid and irrelevant to me. Unless he knows what her salary was before she was hired by your company, how can he know what your "household" was making previously? And if there were such a thing as a company paying "household salary", you would be getting a combined check. I've never heard of such a thing, and ...


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Your boss is on an insane power trip. If he ever got the team filled he'd turn on you. The best way to stop these is to replace them, the second best is to get out of the way by finding a new job (or transfer to a different department). Anonymous isn't anonymous enough, especially in such a small team, so you have to resort to cleverer measures. Report this ...


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I like nvoigt's answer, and your boss certainly threw the most irrelevant points, but there is an argument that neither of you were quite right. No raise in relation to the cost of living means that your employer will be at a disadvantage compared to the market rate. Whether it allows you to maintain your quality of life is something you'll want to consider, ...


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Does he actually want to find an actual employee? There are potential business reasons for an employer to search for potential employees without any desire to actually hire anyone. For instance, the US government requires businesses to search for local candidates for a position before allowing them to look for foreign candidates that would come to the US on ...


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I wonder whether your boss is crazy like a fox. If your firm is such a bad place to work, then he needs to find a real supplicant. The behaviour which is unreasonable and absurd by any normal standard, may be a way by which he hopes to detect such a candidate by their reaction to it. So I wouldn't go over his head unless you have strong reasons to believe he ...


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Anyone that behaves like you describe here is, put bluntly, a complete asshole and should be removed from their position ASAP. Is this grounds for going over my boss's head to his boss? To HR? Yes, and yes. Your boss is a danger to your team's future. However, I think the chance of your boss responding in any way positively to being called out on his ...


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Yes this is a slam dunk case for going over your boss's head. The behaviours you describe are all unprofessional and harmful to the company. You might consider talking to the boss himself before you escalate, unless you have already done so. But I'm not sure I'd recommend that. I also can't guarantee that there won't be consequences if you go over his head. ...


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Your wife's salary should never be point of discussion in your own salary negotiation. For good or bad. It's about you, your part in the success of the company and your compensation for this. Bringing up your wife's salary is also fishy since you mentioned your wife is working in a different department. Your boss should not even know what your wife makes or ...


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