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1answer
184 views

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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11answers
2k views

How do I prove to management that our programmers could work more productively?

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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5answers
1k views

Software Manager who makes developers do Project Management

I'm a software developer working in an embedded systems company. We have a Project Manager, who takes care of the overall project schedule (including electrical, quality, software and manufacturing) ...
12
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3answers
818 views

How can we unify business goals and technical goals?

Some background I work at a small startup: 4 devs, 1 designer, and 2 non-technical co-founders, one who provides funding, and the other who handles day-to-day management and sales. Our company ...
6
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1answer
772 views

What to do when the lead programmer is doing almost zero work? [closed]

I am currently working on a project with a small dev team. The problem is that the lead programmer is "working remotely", and does virtually no work. We have missed every deadline, and at this rate we ...
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5answers
622 views

Is programming an art or a desk job? [closed]

Developing software needs a clear mind, full of creative ideas (art) & good knowledge in computing, software domain and logic (science). Still many companies consider programming as a desk jobs, ...
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3answers
1k 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 ...
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8answers
1k views

Career Prospects: Women at Management positions in Software

I was wondering if women working as software developers often face more positive/negative bias in IT than in other fields? The only reason I ask this question is because personally I have noticed ...
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9answers
3k views

Are they asking too much of me? [closed]

Or am I just whining? Background: I work for a "startup," which I put in air quotes because the company has been around for 4 years, though it isn't profitable yet. Standard work week is supposed to ...
14
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10answers
1k views

How do you bridge the generational gap between managers and developers?

Typically, managers tend to be older and have more experience than the developers working under them. While young developers are often more knowledgeable about "newer" technologies/patterns (like ...
11
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7answers
399 views

Where do you draw the line between quantity and quality?

My manager has talked with me and says that the quality of my work is excellent, but I need to step up the quantity of how much I crank out. I've only been working for a couple of years, so I still ...
4
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5answers
485 views

Do social networks increase development productivity?

I am a developer a fairly large firm of programmers (100+). Since there are several departments and several teams within each department; communication is an issue regarding: sharing of ideas, ...
3
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9answers
603 views

What reasons do you have/give for using an MP3 player/iPod while programming?

At my last job, as a Project Manager, I argued (unsuccessfully) for the Developers to be able to use MP3 players while they were working. Unfortunately, the culture in that company was such that many ...
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15answers
409 views

Change management's mind?

As a programmer working in an insurance office, I have a nasty little management hierarchy which is making programming much harder. At current, our IT department rates a three on The Joel Test, which ...