57
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6answers
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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 ...
2
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3answers
2k views

How can I effectively explain technical concepts to a non technical boss when I'm not a good talker? [closed]

Preface I work as web developer for a big retail company, which sells goods to smaller retails through its e-commerce web site, developing both for the e-commerce and intranet. The main source of ...
3
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1answer
193 views

randomized management?

I saw an article a few months ago that explain a company's practice of randomly choosing management via lottery. The employee would manage his peers for some fixed amount of time until the next ...
7
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2answers
253 views

How do you explain the complexity of bulk emailing to a manager? [closed]

I think we've all been there, you've been asked to write something to send bulk emails for whatever reason. It's a solved problem, theres a multitude of companies out there to handle this for you, and ...
16
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10answers
2k views

How can I quickly weed out “copy & paste” coders?

I need a way to filter out resumes of folks who just copy-and-paste code then hope it works, and check it in if it does. All this happens without having an understanding (or care) to understand the ...
5
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6answers
540 views

What processes do you follow when developing code for large corporations? [closed]

I'm interested in learning about any process you need to follow when coding for a large corporation. For example, it would be nice to see a little insight into how you (or your manager) handles ...