Andrew Berry
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How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you
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282 votes

As a developer these are things I hate: Requesting software/resources taking forever and needing loads of forms etc. Stupid requirements that are contradictory to other features or tecnically not ...

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Candidate brought parent to interview
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the interview didn't go badly, but the point is that this candidate came with her mother, who waited inside our waiting room during the interview. I didn't know how to handle this situation ...

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Should I ask for a 25% higher salary than that advertised for a job I'm well suited to?
49 votes

Say company A advertises a salary of £30-£40k, does it make sense to ask for £50k when asked for a salary expectation? It's an immediate alarm that could cause you to not be considered. My ...

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How can I safely terminate my contract before its end date?
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The issue is, the only way you are going to get sacked in this sort of way is to do something deemed Gross Misconduct. So it's unlikely to be able to do this in a "safe" way. What you could do (and I ...

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I saw my boss having sexual relations with the secretary
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38 votes

Lets put this into perspective here. It's 2 adults having some fun. Should it happen in the office? No. Was it in regular work time? No. If you were to report it, what do you think would happen? ...

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Should a company simplify technical interviews just to increase diversity in workplace?
27 votes

Diversity in the workplace is always a good thing. But this approach is not the best way to go about it. Your friend is making an assumption that the candidates definitely won't be able to answer ...

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Would it be appropriate to ask a colleague out?
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By all means ask her to play the sport with your colleagues and yourself. It could help her settle in and meet colleagues in a relaxed setting where she may feel more comfortable/confident. (Although ...

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I've killed my colleagues' characters during RPG session, now they won't talk to me
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I would suggest maybe apologising to the group. Although it fit into your character, it has still ruined their fun. People build emotional attachments to their characters (and the backstories they ...

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Company backtracking on compensation and company housing
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17 votes

Should I approach my manager about this? I'm not a talker. I get emotional pretty quickly and can't find my words. Especially when I'm not speaking my native language. If you aren't a talker, ...

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How to tell a colleague that he has introduced a massive programming mistake?
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Hiding the bugs isn't going to do you any favours in the long run and has partly got you in this situation. There's a couple of avenues to go down potentially: Just outright tell him that there's ...

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Handling Tough Questions in Presentations
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I haven't worked out whether you should have known the answers to the questions, but your attempts at answering with seemingly little knowledge haven't helped you at all. Will this work with active/...

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Continuously Denying PTO
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I'm a but confused. You say continuously denying PTO, but it's only happened once? Put your request in. The work can be scheduled around your time off. If he asks you to remove it, I would politely ...

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Coping with guilt because of a workaholic colleague
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I, as a fellow developer, have recently been working loads more than I should on a recent project because it's cool and i'm enjoying it. I'm not doing it to try to make people feel bad, i'm not ...

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What does HR do for me?
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Firstly, you need to speak to your manager. Speak as adults and see if whatever is going on can be resolved. I suppose this is a bit dependant on the nature of the issue, but as you haven't stated it, ...

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Manager favors personal friend in the office; should I notify HR?
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The question is, do you have any tangible proof? Do you know that Intern A is getting preferential treatment? Do you know if Intern B is better than Intern A? Do you know the full assessment of the ...

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Help me understand why I did not get an offer?
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This could be lots of things. It could be money. As you seem to be more senior than the role needed, maybe they got a less capable candidate in, but he was capable enough for their need now and a ...

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How to disclose negative information about a candidate when I'd rather not reveal its source?
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However, during our one-night stand I got some insight into his character. He seems to be condescending towards women, not taking them serious, tending to use and forget them I think you have made a ...

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How do I promote better development practices when facing management opposition?
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I'm expected to follow the lead and do as I'm told. The problem is, very often I'm expected to do things that I find to be either dangerous, stupid or otherwise wrong for whatever reason. I can ...

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How to get people to turn up for daily meeting?
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People won't be eager to go because they don't deem it useful. Could you change the meeting just to go over What i'm doing today Any issues from yesterday Cut out what they did yesterday unless ...

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What should I answer on questions about other employees?
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I'm going to assume you are a manager here(or quite high up): CEO of my company invited me to lunch and asked me about the company (good & bad) This is fine. Don't go slating everything, but ...

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How can I politely say to my co-worker do not look at my chat messages when I'm chatting with clients
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You need to speak to him and state that it's a confidential conversation. You don't need to state it's about his performance, just that it's confidential and not sprint related.

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Is it ethical to review CVs of potential competition, sent to me in error?
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If these are coming from recruiters, then the CV's will be anonymised and amended by the recruiter. The recruiters haven't sent you these in error. They are simply emailing all their contacts to try ...

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What can I do about unnecessary and irrelevant new procedures being applied to me?
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Testing and specifications are not time wasting. If you are working on internal systems that could impact the rest of the company, it's correct that they should have these requirements in place. ...

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Why don't companies encourage employees to post their salaries to Glassdoor?
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Consider this: For example say you are on 20,000 a year. You look on glassdoor and it shows that your company pays 30,000 a year. So you now know that one of your colleagues is on 10k more than you, ...

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Sharing details with clients why I'm going on a sick leave
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Why do you need to say you will be on Sick Leave? Simply state you will be absent for up to 2 weeks and you'll catch up on your return. They won't overly care about the reason.

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Can someone translate this "Recruiter" speak
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Recruiters need to put people in for interviews. Some, sadly, will put anyone in any interview in the hope that one works. They are hoping your soft skills will offset the lack of seniority (soft ...

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This will be the third time I've job hopped this year. Boss is overseas. I want to make sure I am resigning correctly
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Why do you want to forego the one week? Even if you craft the best argument, they can enforce you to work the week. Surely you just do the week, document any handover and start the new role next year?...

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How to efficiently work during a software update?
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Plan workload Arrange meetings (if you get a timeslot of when the upgrade is) Secondary Tasks Get a coffee It sounds like you do a decent job of utilising your non PC time. But if it only takes up a ...

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I am slated to be put on performance improvement plan for sixty days, I have one week to decide & I don't know what to do
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In your PIP, are there quantifiable things you can work on and achieve to "get back on track" (for want of a better term)? Insubordination on some occasions where I didn't do something my boss ...

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Can a receptionist open mail addressed to me?
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The mail is delivered to the company for the attention of a person, so the company can determine their processes for mail. So yes, the receptionist is allowed to open mail that has the company address ...

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