"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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Are SMART goals useful for programmers? [closed]

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. ...
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What is the proper relationship between the software developer and the business customer?

IT professionals are experts who are trusted with the IT assets of a business or organisation. As trusted professionals we have responsibilities that extend beyond things that a non-IT customer can be ...
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Reasons for Pair Programming

I've worked in a few shops where management has passed the idea of pair programming either to me or another manager/developer, and I can't get behind it at all. From a developer stand-point I can't ...
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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 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, ...
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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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Should documentation be a company policy or every programmer's responsibility? [closed]

I have been struggling lately with the whole subject of documentation at my current position. I am at a point in my programming career in which I feel I have just been birthed into the whole world of ...
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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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Check-list to avoid vendor lock-in?

Is there a set of industry-approved rules to avoid vendor lock-in? I mean, something one can show to a manager, or other decision maker, that is easy to understand and easily verifiable. Are there ...
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Introducing Scala to a Technical Manager

I've been promoting Scala at work as something we should try out for things like testing with Specs http://code.google.com/p/specs/ and rapid prototyping of web services with tools like Scalatra ...
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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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Bounty points for fixing bugs? [on hold]

Ever heard of a company awarding bounty points for bugfixes? Making team members work to do the most, as some bonus money will be dependent on it? Having them split, or pay bounties to others to ...
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How do you convince management to “invest” in unit tests?

How did you convince your manager to let you unit test? By "use", I mean being allowed to develop, check-in to source control and maintain the unit tests over time, etc. Typical management ...
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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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How to structure a development team

I am the manager of a team of 11 software developers who look after my company's web sites / web applications, running up to 4 concurrent projects plus day-to-day support at any time. Within the 11 ...
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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?

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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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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Can daily reports decrease a developer's productivity? [closed]

In another question, I asked about why developers might don't like daily scrum. We talked to developers and we decided to not hold daily scrum for a while (to give it a try and customized scrum in our ...
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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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Explaining technical things to non-technical people [closed]

I often have to explain technical things and technical decisions to my extremely non technical manager and I'm pretty awful at it. What are good ways to essential dumb things down for the rest of the ...
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Career Prospects: Women at Management positions in Software [closed]

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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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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What is the best practice to deliver a task to a developer? [closed]

As a very new software PM/Team Leader, I just want to know what is the best practice of a way to deliver a full required information about a task to the developers in my team. In this time, I just ...
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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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The Written Roles of Software Development Manager [closed]

We all know what a software development manager does, but I'm afraid that we only know it vaguely. We think we know what he is doing, but to exactly list down what is the job scope is a bit hard. In ...
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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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Cannot understand a certain point in Agile Manifesto Principles

I was reading Agile Manifesto Principles. Everything seems clear and reasonable except for one point: Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. I dont ...
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How to create a “cult of quality” [closed]

DeMarco and Lister (Peopleware) suggest you create a "cult of quality" within your programming team. Frustratingly, they don't suggest how you go about doing that! Anyone got any thoughts on how to ...
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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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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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How to tell whether your programmers are under-performing?

I am a team lead with 5+ developers. I have a developer (let's call him A) who is a good programmer, who writes good clean, easy to understand code. However he is somewhat difficult to manage, and ...
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How to answer “When will it be done?”

We all have it, problems that prove difficult to fix and working out a fix through obscure code and bizarre unexpected functionality. Slowly, logically working your way through trying to find ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...