"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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Is fixed-scope, fixed-time really impossible to deliver in agile? Or what else use?

I have been reading some similar questions here but they are not the same. The project we have inherited from our partner has fixed scope and a fixed deadline to deliver. We are now thinking about way ...
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What is a good model for rewarding work on projects outside of contracted hours [migrated]

I work at a small company and we have a full schedule of work ahead of us. There are some internal tooling projects that would massively help some departments in the company but they never quite get ...
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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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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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managing database update effectively

I developed a small app using sqlite starting from version 1. From time to time, new features are added to the app which requires database modification in the dev machine. On the client side however, ...
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How do you track Production tasks

I manage a team of coders (5 people) that maintain a few modules in a large project. On top of doing coding, we also do production operational tasks (like doing server housekeeping, batch backlog ...
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My coworker is a nice guy, but his performance is sub-par. Do I tell my boss? [closed]

I was placed on a project about three months ago that was until then under development by a single, newly hired developer because it was falling behind. To be fair, the project is an interface to a ...
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How to deal with a CEO making all technical decision but with little technical knowledge?

Question posted anonymously for obvious reasons. I am working in a company with a dev group of 5-6 developers, and I am in a situation which I have a hard time dealing with. Every technical choice (...
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How to deal with ad-hoc mindsets?

I joined a dev team of six two month ago. People are nice, all is good. But more and more I observe an ad-hoc mindset. Stuff gets quick fixed, at the cost of future usability, there is little testing ...
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How can I progress from a software developer to a software manager or team leader? [closed]

I've been a software developer (whether part time or full time) for almost 3 years. I've always been the type of person to have that knack for taking a lead on things, and providing the organization ...
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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum? [closed]

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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What's the career path for a developer who doesn't like management?

If you're developer (Senior or Lead Developer) and you'd rather stay with code/design than pursue a management career, what are the available career paths at your company, or any you've heard of? How ...
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Can a non-programmer successfully run a software company? [closed]

Back in 2006, one Joel Spolsky made the following comment: Watching non-programmers trying to run software companies is like watching someone who doesn't know how to surf trying to surf. ...
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Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines? [duplicate]

My manager has tight deadlines to meet. The current project I am working on is currently on schedule, but I've noticed a couple of quite significant areas in the code that are really badly written. (...
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How much technical detail is too much when talking to non-technical managers?

I have a boss that is not very technical. He can write some basic SQL, speak some dev lingo, but all in all not a pro dev. I get into trouble often, by giving him a lot of detail and asking him to ...
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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 can I quickly weed out “copy & paste” coders? [closed]

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 ...
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What to tell a manager who tells your estimates are too much for a genuine task [duplicate]

My manager keeps complaining that the estimates we have come up with are too much for the customer — every time he asks us to think like a customer and see whether the estimate is valid, but my point ...
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Defining Rank names for employees [closed]

I want to create a list of ranks for the employees in my company. We are an open source integrator that works usually with existing solutions and also building custom solutions. We don't want to name ...
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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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What's your suggestion if the company didn't recognize my contribution towards a big project? [closed]

I am an entry level developer with 1 year of experience. I have worked on a large scale project which I have played around 80% of the project work, those 5 months were terrible to me - late nights ...
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How can I communicate the risks of altering vendor software?

We have a major problem where I work, and it's name is "customization". We have an old (10+ years) vendor software system that our IT and accounting departments previously loved to customize. ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo [closed]

Background of my working environment My manager has no background or understanding of computers or software whatsoever. It is highly likely he hasn't seen code in any form (not even from a physical ...
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I feel that my manager slows my work, how to deal with it? [closed]

It seems strange, but my manager sits right next to me and, well, when he isn't near, I feel free, and I'm planning, doing, etc, doing my work with flashes in the eyes, feel accomplishments. But ...
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How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code? [duplicate]

My boss came to me today to ask me if we could implement a certain feature in 1.5 days. I had a look at it and told him that 2 to 3 days would be more realistic. He then asked me: "And what if we do ...
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Should managers prohibit programmers from using IM in office? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would you allow your programmers to use Messenger and social networks like Facebook? A manager may believe that using IM clients in the office is not acceptable, but many ...
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How do you keep cool when production system goes down? [closed]

This has happened to most of us... You come to work one day. Everything seems normal - the sun is shining, birds are chirping, but you notice a couple of weird things on your way to work that remind ...
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Rewarding programmers based on application importance [closed]

Is it correct for management to give more importance or reward programmers who have worked on strategic and important application versus someone who has worked on a general application? Both may have ...
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Bounty points for fixing bugs? [closed]

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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Blaming the ills of today on the technical debt of yesterday

A surprising number of quality, scalability, and load problems have been occurring on an application I currently support that I did not originally write. Thankfully I have new projects that I have ...
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Java Game. Preload objects and reuse vs create objects at runtime [closed]

I'm currently developing my first game in Java language. The game is an endless runner with obstacles to avoid and enemies to kill. Unfortunatelly im still not experience enough and many times im ...
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Coworker that detrimentally picks on every minutia [closed]

Hypothetically speaking imagine that there exists a coworker that has a very shallow understanding of computing. To avoid stereotyping lets give this coworker the gender neutral name Chris. Now ...
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Should development teams switch projects at the end of every deadline (sprint)? [duplicate]

At my current position, it's common for teams to completely switch projects and hand-off their tasks to another team even if there is no valid reason, such as the other team having more experience ...
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How can we unify business goals and technical goals? [duplicate]

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 ...
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How to deal with or survive with the information overload [closed]

Every time I want to read something for example a book on Java, then I find so much stuff like many tutorials, many ebooks that I am not able to decide which one to choose. I spend some time reading ...
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How to tell whether your programmers are under-performing? [closed]

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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What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers? [closed]

I know in advance that people are going to see this question and think "free Red Bull." But I am actually looking for the best way to tie rewards for developers to the company's long-term goals. For ...
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How should a senior programmer monitor another senior programmer?

I'm working with a new senior programmer who has almost the same amount of experience as me. He his own project to work on -- but I have to make sure he does not mess things up. Now, how can I ...
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What kind of innovative non-cash financial benefits do I offer to my developers to retain them along with a competitive salary?

Stock options don't make much sense, since the company's private. [It still does, if you are a facebook of sorts AND the regulatory system permits sites like secondmarket, but I digress.] I could ...
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What traits do the best managers you've worked for have in common? [closed]

I have been listening to Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery's podcast, This Developer's Life. In the latest episode, they discuss personality traits: 1.0.4 - Being Mean. What makes people mean ...
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What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with? [closed]

I work in a small development group with 3 developers. We are loosely managed and have no structure to the team. There is no designated team leader and the manager is fairly hands off. The Senior ...
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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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Is event sourcing ready for prime time? [closed]

Event Sourcing was popularized by LMAX as a means to provide speed, performance scalability, transparent persistence and transparent live mirroring. Before being rebranded as Event Sourcing, this type ...
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What management/development practices do you change when a team of 1-3 developers grows to 10+?

My team built a website for a client several years ago. The site taffic has been growing very quickly and our client has been asking us to grow our team to fill their maintenance and feature request ...
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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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What is the (craziest, stupidest, silliest) thing a client/boss asked you to do? [closed]

See title, but I am asking from a technical perspective, not Take my 40 year old virgin niece on a date or you're fired.
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Perks for new programmers

I intend on hiring 2-3 junior programmers right out of college. Aside from cash, what is the most important perk for a young programmer? Is it games at work? I want to be creative... I want some ...
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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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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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Managing International Programmers [closed]

My boss recently went back to our international office in his home country to interview some potential new employees, and we have decided to hire a few as programmers. They are fresh out of college ...