"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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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, ...
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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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Statistical Software Quality Control References

I'm looking for references about hypothesis testing in software management. For example, we might wonder whether "crunch time" leads to an increase in defect rate - this is a surprisingly difficult ...
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Advice for Setting up an On-Call Team

I'm leading a largish development team (~35 developers). We are doing primarily Web Development work on a number of sites. Historically the knowledge on the teams has been pretty siloed. If you ...
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What kind of programs/solutions can only be written with OOP or are too hard to achieve without it? [closed]

Paraphrasing a recent question: What is Object Oriented Programming ill-suited for? I would like to ask the opposite question: What kind of programs cannot be written unless you use OOP? What kind ...
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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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Developing web sites that imitate desktop apps. How to fight that paradigm? [closed]

Supposse there's a company where web sites/apps are designed to resemble desktop apps. They struggle to add: Splash screens Drop-down menus Tab-pages Pages that don't grow downward with content, ...
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Design patterns to manage multiple windows/screens?

Supposed there is an application with multiple windows, like: Logo splashscreen Connecting... screen Login-usercontrols screen Logging in... screen etc. Is there a design pattern, which allows to ...
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Persuading management that refactoring code is a good idea [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best supporting argument for refactoring Has anyone got any tips for persuading management that refactoring code is a good idea ? I was asked something like "After ...
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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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Does a mature agile team requires any management?

After a recent heated debate over Scrum, I realized my problem is that I think of management as a quite unnecessary and redundant activity in a fully agile team. I believe a mature Agile team does not ...
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How do tight timelines and scheduling pressure affect TCO and delivery time?

A friend's father, who is a software engineering manager, said, emphatically, "The number one cause of scheduling overruns is scheduling pressure." Where does the research stand? Is a moderate amount ...
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How to integrate technical line/functional manager into Scrum team?

We have recently had a new line manager start to manage our Scrum team. He is immensely experienced in our field but is relatively inexperienced at Agile/Scrum. He has extensive technical expertise in ...
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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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Why do exclusively outsourcing projects as a company? [closed]

A prospective employer told me they took a company level decision to do only outsourcing projects. I do not understand why they took such a decision and the guy I talked to did not elaborate. He ...
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What's a good model for continuous manager <-> programmer feedback?

Is it important for managers to give devs regular feedback on how they're doing and vice versa? I say vice versa because I consider employees to be responsible to their manager, and managers to be ...
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Being a team manager and a developer in a Scrum team

I am managing a team of 6 people that recently moved to Scrum. We have a Scrum Master (one of the developers in the team) and a Product Owner. Since I have quite a lot of free time (because a lot 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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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 talk to management about using integrated project management/bug tracking

Background: I have just started at a new shop, where there is one other developer. This shop was not historically a software shop, and their software development process really shows it. They ...
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How to manage a developer who has poor communication skills

I manage a small team of developers on an application which is in the mid-point of its lifecycle, within a big firm. This unfortunately means there is commonly a 30/70 split of Programming tasks to "...
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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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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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What are best practices when switching between projects/coming back to projects frequently?

The nature of my job is that I have to switch back and forth between projects every few weeks. I find that one of the biggest impediments to my productivity is the ramp-up time to getting all the ...
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Wisdom of using open source code in a commercial software product

I'm looking at using some open source code in my ASP.NET web app (specifically dapper). Management is not a fan, because open source is seen as a risk that has bitten us before. Apparently previous ...
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Productivity enhancing development strategies for small teams

I think one of the best ways to learn and become a better programmer is to share knowledge gained from working on personal or work projects with others. One way to do this at the workplace is to set ...
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Governance models for multi-institution open source projects

I'm working on an open source project that has full time professional developers from several universities, plus a couple of other organisations. The product has something like a dozen deployments, ...
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Are there any scientific studies done on TDD that use total cost of ownership for a product as the measurement?

When I was reading the summary of previous work in Dogsa T, Batic D. The effectiveness of test-driven development: an industrial case study. Software Quality Journal. 2011;19(4):643-661. it struck me ...
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Generalize, or Fix The Problem?

Which of these two programmers is "better", from a managerial standpoint? The first programmer is Albert. You tell Al to make a system that will pass you the salt at the dinner table. He does it in ...
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Open Source sponsored feature development [closed]

I am considering to sponsor a development of some particular features in some Open Source tools. I would like the results of the work to be available publicly, and if possible, to be included in the ...
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Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag? [closed]

I recently joined a rapidly growing startup. In the past 3 months the development team has grown from 4 to 12. Until now they were very laissez-faire about what developers used to do their work. In ...
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How should code “Goal Tending” be handled by a Development Manager?

First allow me to coin a term: code goal-tending: Checking out code in the morning, then silently reviewing all of the changes made by the other developers the previous day file by file, (...
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What standards to use in Business Process Modelling?

There are several approaches on how to model a business process in software applications (BPM software). For instance, a processes can be described in BPMN, EPC, IDEF0, SOMF, etc. Additionally, ...
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How are open source repositories managed for popular languages?

I'm a developer that creates Open Source code for a small language (LabVIEW), and am currently sharing this in several places. The vendor of LabVIEW has a certification process for Open Source ...
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Developer to team leader [duplicate]

How much experience is considered enough for a developer to become a team leader? For IT managment what is the measure to check if the current team member is good enough to become a team leader (...
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What is a good non-technical example of a cumulative error?

I'm working on a report which needs to explain in non-technical terms the effects of a cumulative error, and why it is of importance to use absolute calculations. Definition of 'cumulative error' ...
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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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Dealing with management that does not see value in improvements that are not immediately visible to the user

I can understand schedule pressure. You want to please your users, as they are the lifeblood of the company. However, it is also true that certain changes will make everything easier down the road. ...
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Handling tough or unexpected technical questions in meetings [closed]

Depending on the project I'm working on, I may be required to attend more meetings with both internal stakeholders or technical management in client companies. During the course of these meetings, ...
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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 patterns,...
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What you should do if your junior did not adopt your suggestion? [closed]

I am leading a team of 3-4 junior developers. My job-- besides writing code-- is to provide supervision and guidance for the juniors. But, I fully understand how much developers cherish autonomy in ...
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In what types of programming environments is Reactive Management better than Proactive Management? [closed]

Most everyone seems to agree that Reactive Management is worse than Proactive Management; however, it seems that I am constantly seeing Reactive Management from development managers. Logic would ...
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Security issues with freelancing work on an existing website

I currently have a website that has been recently completed. I'm contemplation using a freelance service such as SO for all future components. There is a considerable amount of work to be completed on-...
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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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whole project of consuming web services with php

We are in the middle of a strange situation. We and a partner firm have to put up a web portal. They have a lot of functionality already done on their other portal and we are the managing firm on the ...
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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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How can I justify software testing to management?

I work for a small company (less than 200 employees) whose software group only makes up a small part of our staff (4 employees, occasionally with a few contractors). The four of us have been making ...
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What responsibilities does a Management Information Systems job entail? [closed]

At my school there is apparently a Computer Science degree, which is located under the "department of natural sciences", while Management Information Systems is considered "business". Besides the ...
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“sell” coding my next project in an unfamiliar language

I want to code my next work project in a language I'm unfamiliar with (python). I can think of plenty of reasons from my point of view why its a good idea (not least of all because it sounds fun). ...