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Moving office but don't want to share with someone
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I agree with Oded's answer and would like to add one important step. If you tell your boss "I would like to share a room with Agnes, Bill or Charlie because ...", his/her immediate reply may easily be ...

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How do companies hire people for positions where years of experience doesn't correlate to skill?
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how do HR departments filter applications when they don't have expertise in the field, and years of experience is no sign of competence? Short answer Badly, but they have no better measure. Longer ...

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Newcomer in a company that's losing money
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I would suggest you start preparing for a potential new job by using your free time to study, and looking for job offers. An announcement like that of your management basically tells (to me) "you ...

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Should Specialization be Desired/Expected in a Software Career
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I think this is fairly common at many companies, especially smaller ones where most employers, developers included, must juggle many balls at the same time. Only in larger developer teams and/or ...

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Work environment - open spaces, noise, and distraction
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Unfortunately (IMHO) open office has become the norm for most software development shops during the past decade or so. It is one thing to host one dev team, working on a single project, in the same ...

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As the 20-year old founder of a startup company, what can I do to get older, more experienced people to take me seriously?
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I have a feeling that my own workers are not going to take me seriously because of my age and lack of work experience. I have a feeling that after hiring them, they might not like the fact that a ...

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How to handle communicating estimates and dependencies to senior manager who won't take no for an answer?
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Then, the mini-CEO (or any other boss) comes and asks me:"Hey, do you think we can deliver XX by tomorrow latest?" And I say:"Well, we have an issue as XX depends on completing project X - and ...

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Technical explanation to HR
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As we all know, HR personnel are rarely well versed in the technology we use, but there may always be exceptions. Who, of course, sometimes only think they are experts :-) So in such a situation, ...

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How do I request new equipment for the office?
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Depending on your situation, you may want to team up with colleagues if many of you have similar working conditions and requests. The more of you step up together, the higher pressure you can exert to ...

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No work assigned from 4 months, Is leaving job a better option?
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Your worries are entirely reasonable. I would recommend you discuss these with your bosses first of all. After all, if anyone, they can address the issues. I am being told it will soon happen but ...

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As a developer, how can I ask for more freedom when confronted with a tight IT security policy?
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One thing to consider is that you are new to the job so you need more stuff to install or set up than your colleagues. It may be that over time as your dev environment stabilizes, you will have less ...

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Transferring at a large software company: ask boss before or after?
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It depends on your manager's personality and your relationship with him/her. If he is a caring, open person and you have a relaxed, honest relationship with him, it is better to talk about your plans ...

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Do people need to be positive to be promoted?
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Positive demeanor need not mean dealing with only the positive things and ignoring or hiding the negative ones. I second @Chris in that one should keep a more or less healthy balance between focussing ...

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As a leader, how can I communicate to my staff that I don't need to be as technical as they are?
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Sounds like a classic example of the misperception regarding managerial roles in IT shops. A lot of people (most prominently developers, but often even managers themselves) believe that "IT manager" ...

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Is there a proper or polite way to tell people to not hijack threads?
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Just write a polite (private) email to the PM(s) in question explaining the issue like you did here. IMO the tone of your post is neutral and nonoffensive, it is not blaming anyone personally, just ...

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Should I quit my job if the company needs me more than ever?
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My boss is looking for new developers to hire, but for my experience about the company, takes too long to hire. I've been in a very similar situation just lately. It's great that you feel concern for ...

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How can I get an idea of the work hours when applying for a job?
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I agree with Chris. You may want to add to your question an explanation like this: "I know my limits and want to ensure that - in line with your own long term interests - I can be maximally productive ...

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Recommendation by a Senior Developer after an internship
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is it appropriate to ask for a recommendation by the senior developer who helped you throughout the internship? Absolutely. If (s)he was the person you worked with the closest, that may give him/her ...

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Is there a correlation between passing fizzbuzz on paper and (good|effective|productive) programmers?
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Of course, you would hire a developer with the same credentials who passed the test Not necessarily. As you noted before this, the fizzbuzz test is a quick way to weed out totally clueless candidates ...

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How can I justify developing my soft skills over contributing to other projects?
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First of all, why do these two need to be opposing choices? I can very well imagine a project which directly benefits your organization while at the same time allows you to acquire a new skill or ...

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How can I improve my verbal communication skills at my workplace?
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Sounds like your problem is not so much with communication skills in general as with understanding and using English (a foreign language to you - as for many of us). To improve this, you need more ...

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Does work Location matter in career growth?
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Does my geographic locations really matters in my career growth I don't think it matters directly. I.e. I can't imagine any recruiter paying attention to which city you got your experience with ...

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Is it fair to apply for jobs where the interest with the service/product niche isn't a good match?
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In my view, in a professional job we develop software not because we like or need the end result, but to solve our customers' problems. (So there is a notable difference compared to open source ...

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Should one always mention numbers/percents for algorithm results in an interview/cover letter?
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Should one always mention numbers/percents for algorithm results in an interview/cover letter? No, definitely not. Numbers may be helpful, but you shouldn't put numbers blindly everywhere - only ...

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My role and responsibilities has changed completely. How do I approach getting a promotion, and how much should I ask for?
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Who should I talk to, to initiate this? my line manager, or go straight to the department manager? You should definitely talk to your line manager first. Going over his head may piss him/her off for ...

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What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer?
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One possibility which hasn't been mentioned by other answers is becoming a Scrum Master. As you are fascinated by people and human interactions, this could be an interesting path, especially if you ...

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How to work in a group where criticism of actions is very difficult?
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I think you need to understand the different cultural background of people from Eastern countries (in the broad sense). In these cultures openly admitting a fault is seen as a weakness and personal ...

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What are the career possibilities if I want to live in different countries and learn new languages?
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I think you may be looking at it from the wrong end. It's not the profession / career which allows you to live in different countries, it's you who is making a conscious choice about this (and maybe ...

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Specific strategies for maintaining confidence and competence when thrown into a more complex domain?
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X could remember the time (s)he was not yet so well versed in technical concept A, and the way how (s)he got to the current level. This would help him/her realize that (s)he already made it (at ...

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Resign or stay? Resign during probation or wait and give 3 months notice
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As another angle to @thursdaysgeek's answer, consider how quitting now would look like from your next prospective employer's standpoint. Namely, Does a 3 6-month probational work experience look ...

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