"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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“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). ...
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What factors should be evaluated when determining a desktop software price?

What factors should be evaluated when determining a desktop software price?
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Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control? [closed]

It's not really a technical question, but there are several other questions here about source control and best practice. The company I work for (which will remain anonymous) uses a network share to ...
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Moving from TFS to Distributed SCM

I am currently playing with the idea of pitching DSCM to management in my company. We currently use the full vertical TFS stack (SCM, Bug Tracking, Project Management etc.) - however I want to ...
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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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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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How can you tell good programmers from the average one? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How do managers know if a person is a good or a bad programmer? How to recognize a good programmer? For your record, I am a programmer myself, and I still do coding. We ...
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How do you help your fellow programmers to grow?

As a team lead, how can you help your programmers to grow? The reason I ask this is because there are a few programmers working with me, and I really want to "turn them on the loose", to realize ...
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What is the biggest support a boss can give to his/her developers?

Buying the best hardware, paying the most precious bonus or reward, treating them politely, provide the opportunity for improvement, etc.? We want to improve the productivity of our development team. ...
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How to deal with Project Leader who doesn't involve himself in project in any way? [closed]

Our division is a small offshore development-only unit (not more than 25 members) but we develop many projects. Our main focus is development. Developers are grouped under Project Leaders, and they in ...
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best practice when working with a MySQL database datadir directory

At the place I currently work they do some thing I consider strange in the way they work with the MySQL datadir. The directory in which the files that actually store the data are kept. $ grep ...
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Is it possible to be agile without use cases and tests?

Rhetoric teaches us that the answer is probably yes. However I feel that we would no longer relate to the vast majority of Agile success stories. I think that my upper management read the benefits ...
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Why companies don't buy developers entertaining instruments? [closed]

Many times when I get tired of development and my mind doesn't really help me any more (at home), I simply do something entertaining and my mind gets free for more hours of work with higher problem-...
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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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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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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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I'm a manager. How can I improve work relationships and communication with programmers? [closed]

A little background first. I'm a project manager at medium-sized company. I started as a CS major and had a little exposure to programming, but after a few months I knew it's not my path, so I ...
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Whether to open-source gigantic idea

So, I have this idea for a huge game that would take years to develop if I did it on my own (with help from friends) I've learned a lot about game programming, but nowhere near enough to start coding ...
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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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Getting management approval to invest more in unit testing [duplicate]

I'm a big proponent of unit testing (I'd love to be involved in test driven development). The company I work for seems rather reluctant to spend much effort beyond largely manual end user testing ...
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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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What constitutes proper use of threads in programming?

I am tired of hearing people recommend that you should use only one thread per processor, while many programs use up to 100 per process! take for example some common programs vb.net ide uses about 25 ...
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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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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 to run developer team meetings?

Our team of 10 developers meet weekly. The meetings are rather boring and not particularly useful. What format/agenda do you utilize to have good meetings? We meet weekly in the conference room with ...
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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 does one manage an intern effectively? [duplicate]

An intern will be starting with us soon for a couple months before going off to university. The intern is straight-out of high school and has some programming experience, but has never taken a ...
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Tracking hours on a project

Other than the following, are there any helpful (to programmers) reasons to track hours/time on a project down to the "accurate number of hours per week" level? Reasons: Beneficial to see how ...
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MBA versus MSIS [closed]

I am considering going back to school for my masters and I've been looking at several avenues I can take. I've been considering either an MBA or an MSIS degree. Overall I know that an MBA is going ...
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Why bother differentiating between functional and nonfunctional requirements?

I understand the difference between the two, but I get questioned by my colleagues of the benefit of labeling requirements as functional or nonfunctional (or transitional). Why bother to do so? He ...
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Is splitting up programming tasks a good idea? [closed]

We have a small but growing team at work, and are thinking of doing things differently. We develop websites from scratch and do HTML/CSS/Javascript/PHP/MySQL coding. Currently, we all work on things ...
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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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Recommend self-talk logger software or technique [closed]

I observed that discussing with your self about a problem is a fairly common practice. I find it is even better to write what you think. Not only it forces you to materialize your problem, but the ...
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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 manage a developer with good knowledge of programming language but very poor analytical skills [closed]

I work as a team lead in a fast-growing services company. There is one developer in my team who's not performing well, and unable to solve even the simplest of the problems without being spoon-fed. ...
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How to bootstrap managerial experience? [closed]

Most engineering manager positions require X years of managerial experience in the job description. That means as an individual contributor I can never qualify. But this experience has to come from ...
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“Accept the human condition” is one of lean software development values. Can you elaborate?

The Lean Software and System Consortium 2011 conference, which took place last week, stated the vision and values of lean software development. Here are the six values of lean software development as ...
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Should a manager (or CEO) in an IT company have an IT background to perform in the organization?

I see that many managers or (even CEOs) running an IT company do not perform as well as those who have IT background. If I may take an example (without judging or pointing fingers), Microsoft's ...
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So they're trying to pull me into management [closed]

I work in a small IT department in a non tech company. My manager recently quit and they are looking for a replacement. I guess since I'm one of those "rare" developers with people skills, the ...
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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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What are the main things a programmer expects from the senior programmer?

Recently I read the following 5 Types Of Bosses and How To Deal With Them , which describes the attires of the worst boss. I've just started leading a small team of software developers. I would like ...
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What makes a great user management interface great? [closed]

I'm currently working on user management for a project and while thinking about how I should design this I realised that there's really no standard in how these things look as it often vary a lot from ...
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How do you convince coworkers/stakeholders to try new technologies?

I've got a coworker/manager/stakeholder who is very conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies. I completely understand why: we have a lot of internal expertise with Java, MySQL/Postgres, ...
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How to keep management out of our development process

I'm a software engineer in an software development team. The last 3 years we worked for an internal customer on a new product. Now this product is finished we're going to work on major new features ...
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code cowboy on the team

How do you deal with a team member who is senior to you and always jumps on other people's projects and completes them over night or over the weekend? She seems to work 80 hour weeks whether there is ...
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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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Separately tracking software failures and faults

I've recently finished reading a couple of Gerald Weinberg books on Quality Software Management. In them, he strongly recommends that organizations distinguish between software failures (which we ...
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Junior Programmer Looking for Project Management Advice & Experience [closed]

I am a programming intern at a company in Australia. Is it normal for a programmer to be given a project that has to be completed within a week? For example, I have been given a task to create a ...
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Effective Information Management on a Personal Level [closed]

Have you had problems managing information and found ways to effectively manage information? When I say "manage" I'm talking about storing, grouping, tagging, prioritizing, searching, sharing, etc. ...
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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 ...