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How do I deal with offshore team who does not respond to my messages as they should or maybe it is not an issue in the first place?

It sounds like your offshore team lead isn't doing their job to your satisfaction. Make it clear to the team lead what you want, and when you want it. If they prove to be incapable of getting the job ...
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Should I come out as a neurodivergent?

Here is my 2c. Who Cares. Now, this is not as unfeeling as you think it might be. Firstly - let's look at your line of work: Highly technical. Those closest around you have probably already twigged ...
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When (if ever) is it good to speak up if a coworker just sits watching videos all day?

Focus on your own productivity. It may be that he's found ways to be productive despite this, such as watching those videos at times when he's waiting for a long-running process to finish. If so, he ...
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What should be the limit of someone's incompetence?

Is not that I don't have time but it is very frustrating to have to show a 10+ years experience developer how to compile a program Get over yourself. That's really it. I hardly feel like the answer ...
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When (if ever) is it good to speak up if a coworker just sits watching videos all day?

As a brand new employee, never badmouth a coworker's work ethic unless it's directly affecting your own productivity. And even then, this should only be done as a last resort. Making an enemy at work ...
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Arrogant , lazy worker considered for promotion

Long story short: As long as you are not directly responsible for managing them, you really do not have much to say in this. If both of your work areas are interdependent, please document all the ...
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A colleague is answering question my colleagues are asking me

In many teams, team leads are tasked with making decisions for the team. They can also be repositories of simple facts. Your reactions to what your team member does depend on which of these cases is ...
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Arrogant , lazy worker considered for promotion

NOT YOUR PROBLEM TO SOLVE, if it is indeed a problem. Let management deal with it. They will either decide they made a mistake or not. Your opinion will not help them and may make them consider you a ...
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How to recover after a workplace incident?

I just reread the question and I still think my answer is important to hear, but I realized I didn't really answer the question you asked. My bad. I definitely would not "let this slide", it ...
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Software developer flow - Code review and inadequate manager

To be blunt: if you've raised concerns to your manager, the product owner and the managing director, and they're all fine with this approach and don't want to change it then it's not going to change. ...
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Explaining to engineers the importance of writing clean code

I don't know if I am taking the right approach here. If your current approach isn't providing the desired results, then you aren't taking the right aproach. Any time you ask people to change their ...
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Explaining to engineers the importance of writing clean code

I think you need a multi-step approach. First, you should for yourself get more familiar with reasoning why Clean Code is important, and what Clean Code really means. I'd recommend Uncle Bob's series ...
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Can i ban technical scope extension as a tech lead

No. But you can de-prioritize it, preferably with everyone's agreement. "Great idea, but it isn't the most important thing to work on right now. Put it in the tracking system as technical debt so ...
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Arrogant , lazy worker considered for promotion

Great example of the unfairness of work (and life). Assuming your description is accurate and objective, what we have here is basically a dude who is good at sidestepping things he sucks at doing ...
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Manager not happy that I have discussions with executives at events and following up in emails

There can be two things at play here. First (which is most likely), is that, your manager does not need you to take "permission", rather they need to be "informed". The effort you ...
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Should I come out as a neurodivergent?

A huge number of people in the sciences and engineering fields exhibit some symptoms of various "neurodivergencies" from autism to ADHD to manic/depressive. The best use for a formal ...
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What should be the limit of someone's incompetence?

You may not be an epitome of communication This started as a comment, but then I realized I was working my way into an answer. Reading through your post, I noticed a lot of spelling and grammar errors ...
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Explaining to engineers the importance of writing clean code

This question is unanswerable as it stands as because the understanding of "clean code" is very different from one person to the next. Engineers understand "clean code" as "...
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Seeking Guidance on Collaborative Targets with a Colleague Unaccustomed to Teamwork

It's best to pass this upwards. This is a classic case of your manager giving you his job. It's the managers responsibility to set the boundaries and working conditions. You don't have the authority ...
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Should I come out as a neurodivergent?

1.) Random people, like me, on the internet can only give opinions. Do not accept as guidance or legal advice. Speaking from experience, you have been at your current company for a long time. Your co-...
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Manager not happy that I have discussions with executives at events and following up in emails

What if your boss has a point? Partial answer, you have one good answer already but it doesn't cover an important aspect: Your manager might be the manager for a reason. He may know the ley of the ...
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Arrogant , lazy worker considered for promotion

What exactly do you want from your manager? Do you want the other guy sacked? Do you want a consistent differential in title between yourself and the other guy? There are lots of different qualities ...
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My boss is trying to throw me under the bus, for his own mistake

So there are 2 questions here - one is the technical question which smells awfully like a permissions issue inside of Azure or a specific account is not authorized for code deployment. The second ...
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How to handle merging separate expert teams while avoiding bus factor?

Specialization is a benefit, not a problem Specialization is what drives productivity. Everyone cannot know everything. A thousand years ago, one could not be a smith, builder, farmer, miller, mason,...
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How to handle merging separate expert teams while avoiding bus factor?

I think that the situation you described is correct: at first the two sets are quite disjoint, and with time those differences start to diminish until the two sets become one. You are asking how to ...
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Explaining to engineers the importance of writing clean code

Good code is maintainable. Your example is a good one - when subsequent developers need to modify code, having properly built and remarked code helps the business. "No one ever looks at it" ...
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How to deal with incompetent lead?

To convey your message, make the fixes you need to make and, via documentation, make it clear what you changed and why. To any reviewer, it should be obvious the changes have been made by a different ...
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How do I deal with offshore team who does not respond to my messages as they should or maybe it is not an issue in the first place?

It's hard to give advice without seeing the interactions, but my guess from what you've said is the team aren't aware of what you need and the urgency behind it. There could also be a culture where ...
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How do I deal with offshore team who does not respond to my messages as they should or maybe it is not an issue in the first place?

This isn't your problem to solve. It's a normal issue with many solid solutions, none of which should be your responsibility, so pass it up the hierarchy. Solutions vary, one I have found to be very ...
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Can i ban technical scope extension as a tech lead

This might need a perspective change. To think that you would want to "ban" someone from doing something that's not yet in scope is a bit awkward. It means that you wish to suppress their ...
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