Questions related to excelling at one's current job, particularly if it could be the subject of a performance review.

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Structured code vs Duplicate code. Modifiability [duplicate]

I have noticed that my classmates write unstructured code with a lot of duplication. And their solutions of the same tasks often contains more then three times more lines than my project. But when ...
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In startups does one get an adequate feedback on his performance? Or does a “bang” come unexpected? [closed]

I started working for a start-up company. Generally the pace is very fast and have a lot of expectations. This is different for me since I used to work for a big company with a lot of structure and ...
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How to write “SMART” Objectives as an agile developer?

Like many corporations the company I work for is transitioning to a performance review system based on SMART objectives. My team is a high functioning agile development team employing practices from ...
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Penalization of under performing employees, how to avoid this? [closed]

My company's management wants to deduct from the salary of under performing employees. I'm a member of the Core Strategy committee and they want my opinion also. I believe that the throughput from an ...
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Establish/meet deadlines when I am constantly working with unfamiliar platforms and frameworks

I work for a product development organization that is in online advertising. The assignments I receive are almost always on platforms or tools that I have never worked on before. At first it was ...
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Expected sprint completion rate and load in scrum? [closed]

Recently at work there have been increased focus on completion rate and load on the developers in our sprints. With completion rate I mean, if we plan 20 user stories for a sprint, what percentage of ...
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1answer
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how do i tell my boss that i don't know how to do what he wants me to [closed]

my boss recently gave me details of a new program he wants me to write. After I started thinking about he told and doing some research, i feel like the project he has given is outside of my ...
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1answer
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How Should I reply to my Manager about my annual review [closed]

During testing, our software testers reported a NullException error in an application and I was tasked to fix it. I did some investigation, proposed a fix, and sent out a code review to the team. I ...
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2answers
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How do I know if I'm cut out for the position I'm in? [closed]

Most times someone gets the chance for more responsibility and growth in their career they would not know for sure if they can handle it until they are actually doing the work. When things dont seem ...
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Using continuous build results as part of performance review metrics?

My boss is planning to use the metrics from our continuous build (builds and runs tests on every commit) as part of our performance reviews (in our 'quality' metric). This seems like a REALLY bad idea ...
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How important is it for programmers to look and behave smart?

I know that looking and dressing good is of vast importance in fields like sales, marketing, and human resources. But is it really important for developers, even when they aren't directly contacting ...
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Are SMART goals useful for programmers?

Several organisations I know use SMART goals for their programmers. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. They are fairly common in large corporations. ...