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As a former IT contractor (25+ years in the game) I used to get rather irritated by people who thought they knew better than me based on less experience. I frequently had at least a decade's worth of experience more than the line manager to back up my design decisions. The people that I had time for were the ones who came to me to ask for explanations, put ...


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Think about this aspect: If your manager has no technical expertise, it means that those who appointed him to be the manager (as in, higher level management) do not think that actual technical understanding is important in order to make decisions. I am not saying that it is how it should be; I'm saying that it's how it is. It is wrong, but it's how it is. ...


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Most of what you've stated is subjective, meaning it's your opinion and not empirical evidence or undisputed fact. If you think the contractors methods aren't sound then you'll need top prove that with factual evidence and examples. Why are there methods unsound? What methods are better? What data can you show to prove that? The contractors are more ...


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Do not tell, show. If, and only if you are in a company which values employees taking initiatives and ownership of the projects they are working on you can consider my answer : Document your concerns, for every issue you see with the contractor approach of the project, try to determine the consequences, both in terms of maintainability/technical issues ...


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Focus on the business. Identify which approaches will add value, increase profits, reduce customer issues, improve security, etc. Promote and contribute to those approaches. Much of the rest may be your ego fighting perceived unfairness. Also contractors quality is aligned with making money and _not_necessarily_ doing the right long-term thing for your ...


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I wouldn't worry too much about trying to allocate a percentage to your experience. It's not like you were doing two completely different roles, like Developer / Lion Tamer. The roles you did are actually complementary in a lot of ways, and I would emphasize that. Your experience should add up to more than 100% as a result. What I would say is that I was ...


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Then I apply to a job that required "2-3 years" as a BA. Would I be correct in saying I have 2 years experience? It would only be partially correct. If you fail to mention that your BA role was only 50% of the time then you would essentially be lying about your experience. You need to let them know that you were 50% BA and 50% Developer for two years and ...


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