"The powers that be" is often a phrase used to describe those in a position of authority responsible for work. Distribution of resources would be a way to describe what managers do though resources include time, money and people.

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Post-mortem of a project

Scenario: I've been working for half a year on a small project with a team of two people. They are working in a foreign country, so most of the time we worked via video conference tool. While those ...
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How to deal with outlier programmers during sprint planning?

It is generally accepted that the best programmers produce at least an order of magnitude more than average ones. This seems like it would cause problems with the usual approaches to sprint planning ...
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Manager reading version control commits

Our manager is monitoring the Git commits on all of our projects; usually this isn't a problem, and I love the fact that version control provides a log of all work that's happening, especially for ...
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How can I implement scrum if management won't commit resources?

I want to try to apply scrum to a project. For the purposes of my question, let's assume that there are no other problems I'm trying to solve; I just want to practice scrum. Over the summer we're ...
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Boss is ordering me to send spam. How to I deal with this issue/what is my options? [closed]

We have corporate dedicated server, which I'm the only one in charge of, and my boss is having a fixation that sending mass emails to somehow found addresses that he knows they(owners) will be ...
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Putting together a business case for moving to git from TFS? [closed]

I'm probably going to be giving a presentation to my company (mainly management, but also senior developers) on the benefits of moving to Git from a centralized TFS setup. I know that I massively ...
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Is there a stronger stress on management than on technical education in recent years? [closed]

In my working environment, over the past few years I have observed an increasing stress on developer management and self-management over technical education. For example, at work I hear lots of ...
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Dealing with conflicting project requirements

I tried to find an existing topic on this subject but I could not find one that was a good fit, my apologies if I was not thorough enough. Basically we have a web application that serves multiple ...
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Session Management in distributable web-apps

I am working on a huge web application in which I need to add transparent failover feature. I understand the necessary steps to make a web application distributable, the most difficult thing being: to ...
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How can I figure out if another project is mostly maintenance and bugs? [closed]

I started working in a relatively big company that unfortunately has its share of quite a lot of legacy code and I ended up spending an extra ordinary amount of time in maintainance and bug fixes. ...
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Handing Off A Unity Project [closed]

I have someone who wants me to develop a game for them. I do not intend to continue developing the game after its first release (he wants me to develop it for commercial use). To make the project ...
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How to convince management of making our project open source? [duplicate]

Xamarin 3 was released last week with a great new addition: Xamarin.Forms . This triggered our attention because we've been using such a system for a couple of years now. We've developed it by ...
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How can I get my team excited about writing a blog [closed]

My team has all agreed that writing a company development blog is a good idea. There are a lot of documented benefits to blogging, both for the individuals and the company. However, while everyone ...
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How do you explain agile process tool (like Scrum or Kanban) to a (traditional) project manager? [closed]

I am sure many people involved in the software development projects came up with this question, but I could not actually come up with satisfying answer. How to explain to a manager used to having a ...
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Developing an big system in a a small company [duplicate]

I'm doing this one anonymously. Our company manufactures some kind of machines and also has a software department, which I'm part of. Our philosophy is mostly to have in-house software and ...
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Next steps for developing new product [duplicate]

I was hired about a year ago as the lead (well, really the only) developer on a new project/product we will call product "B". Product B was designed to pursue a new market for the company. This ...
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How to support the sales team and avoid the “Often the sales team gets us into trouble just to get a commission” problem [closed]

With reference to this answer: At the end of the day, we are delivering a product to a paying customer. This customer has needs and expectations, realistic or not. Often the sales team gets us ...
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How to deal with a dev who asks too many questions [closed]

I've recently stepped in to a managing position which of course involves overseeing other people's work, and guiding juniors. There's this guy who won't stop asking questions, and many times it's ...
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How to convince my company (operating in the financial sector) to switch from PHP to Java [closed]

My company is in the financial sector and it is using PHP as programming language. I am a PHP developer myself. I am leading a big project started from almost scratch. I can see how PHP is not the ...
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Creating bonus incentives, reward structure - For yourself [closed]

Where I work, management knows zero whenever it comes to programming & design. I want everyone to understand before reading the question that this is not a technical company, they are retail sales ...
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How big can a mobile development team be without being too big? [closed]

I work for a company that is moving heavily into mobile. We find the majority of our customers use our mobile app pretty regularly. We have tons of things we want to add to it -- as well as to ...
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Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code? [closed]

I have begun working at a large software company and was assigned to a project that is over a million and a half lines of code. It's part of a program suite that is sold to clients (not an in-house ...
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How to ask management to increase the number of programmers in the team without sounding incompetent [duplicate]

I am currently working for a small-medium sized company (~50 employees) as the sole IT staff. Recently, we are on track to replace one expensive yet critical legacy system in favor of an application ...
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Should We Code for Performance or Stability? [duplicate]

There is a point in time where you make design choices and debate them with management. In my case I have to debate my positions and design choices with senior management but it is frustrating that ...
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As a senior project manager, should I still keep learning new skill in programming? [closed]

If I'm a senior project manager, should I still keep learning new technology? For example, every month every year, most language updates themselves, and a lot of new programming concepts become ...
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Is seniority/paygrade an important factor for effective QA members? [duplicate]

As a member of our company's QA team, I frequently get entirely unenthusiastic feedback from developers in their responses to test results in our agile, web-based software-as-a-service shop. Most of ...
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How to promote Scala to the management?

As a developer I like Scala and could tell the management about technical benefits of the language. But even if management understands that a superior technology has business impact, I fear that they ...
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How does a non-technical manager add value to team of self-motivated software developers?

I am seeing a lot of programmers turning away from management and administration roles. They want to build stuff. And as a result, a lot of these positions are filled by non-technical people. I fail ...
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Communication between programmers and system engineers. Tool for planning builds and maintenance jobs

We have Development department and the department of System Engineers that works on a big project (development of J2EE application). We are using Build management system, Bug tracking system and a ...
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Enforcing a uniform Scrum approach to all teams within a department

Where I work we recently switched the Agile development using Scrum. We went through the typical growing pains but have reached an approach that seems to work for now (whether it'll work in the long ...
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How to convince boss to buy Visual Studio 2012 Professional [closed]

The main advantage is the use of ReSharper and other add-ons but we need to make a convincing argument for the purchase of Visual Studio 2012 Professional. We are currently using Visual Studio 2012 ...
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Should we persist with an employee still writing bad code after many years? [closed]

I am putting this question to C++ programmers because: a) Only a C++ programmer can judge the technical merits of the examples; b) Only a programmer will have a feel for the temperament of another ...
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Does the expansion of new technologies cause a perceived shortage of skill? [closed]

Systems programming and desktop application development is a well established field. In recent years, web and mobile development have shown rapid expansion. As a software engineer I understand that ...
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How to protect yourself as DevLead from political management games [closed]

As a developer/DevLead you've got your focus on developing software and you may be quite good in it. Developers are, however, in my observation often not so good at playing political games. This ...
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Effective team meetings

I'm a team leader of a team of 8 programmers in a company of about 20 technical people. They're working on a range of projects, these projects also involve people from other teams that are outside of ...
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how to convince team and project manager that post-launch deployments are okay for new features

We have a site that launched and is "feature-complete", we've done all that the client has asked for and fixed a few bugs post-launch. However, I noticed that our site's home page is using 100 SQL ...
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What is the best way to prove that in-code documentation is greater than extensive external documentation?

What is the best way to prove to my boss that in code documentation is greater than extensive external documents containing documentation and screenshots of code/ui? We have a group in the company ...
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Can a lone programmer become a mid or senior level programmer without a mentor? [duplicate]

Question: Can a mere entry level programmer become a mid or senior level programmer working in a company as the only programmer without a mentor? Background: I was hired as an entry level programmer ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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How valuable for my career is working on an extremely primitive platform? [closed]

I work for an analog company on a proprietary sequencer having a few bytes of free RAM (maybe 20 bytes, not kB, bytes); maybe 500 bytes statically allocated; 8 registers including PC; no indirection ...
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How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively? [duplicate]

Backstory I graduated less than a year ago with a degree in Computer Science (with extra courses in software engineering), and another degree in Software Engineering. I'd like to think that I'm ...
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Management wants an API in purchased software

My company wants to purchase new software for our General Ledger. We want to be able to interface it with various other sytems, all purchased. Nothing is custom built. The software our Accountants ...
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How to create high quality code producing teams? (as a group leader)

I come with a clear agenda on how to code correctly. I used to be a team leader, and I managed using significant amount of mentoring to create a team that creates high quality code. Now I have 3 ...
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How to manage a virtual group in a company? [closed]

I have worked as a software engineer for more than 6 years. Recently, my boss has asked me to build and manage a virtual team. While I'm glad I can do some management work, I don't think it will be ...
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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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How to properly deal with ER and UML diagram management

When learning about these tools, I (naively) thought that mapping about the business space could be front loaded by doing it only once and refering to those diagrams for each project within a single ...
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what is the best way to ensure accountability in code checkins?

Note: after writing this I realize that this question is perhaps philosophical, but I'm interested in how the industry handles this scenario regardless. I have recently been working with a code base ...
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“A good programmer can be as 10X times more productive than a mediocre one”

I had read an interview with a great programmer (it is not in English) and in it he said that "a great programmer can be as 10 times as good as a mediocre one" giving reason for why good programmers ...
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Creating an in-house single source software development team

Our company wants to create a single department for all software development efforts (rather than having software development managed by each business unit). Business units would then "outsource" ...
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How do you balance between “do it right” and “do it ASAP” in your daily work? [closed]

I find myself pondering over this question from time to time, again and again. I want to do things the right way: to write clean, understandable and correct code that is easy to maintain. However, ...