"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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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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As a programmer, are you required to do timesheets? [closed]

Timesheets are something that I've never been fond of, but none the less something that is a requirement within my company. They don't bother me so much, but they seem to really grind some other ...
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Do non-manager coders in their forties or older out there sometimes regret about not being managers? [closed]

And why do most programmers quit coding and become managers so early compared to other areas? You can work as a construction worker, a lawyer, researcher, writer, architect, movie director for decades ...
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Should I be involved in my project's business side?

Before my current job, I was always involved in the technical aspects of a project like: architecture design performance security etc Now I'm team lead of a project that's a game on a web site (...
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How do you get a client to understand the importance of a project lifecycle?

Situation is I have a number of in-house clients who continue to have trouble grasping the concept of defining clear requirements for a project and committing to them. Unfortunately my job situation ...
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When/why is it easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission? [closed]

The saying "It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission" seems pretty popular among programmers and IIRC was attributed to Grace Hopper. In what situations is this typically true, and why do ...
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If you were the manager of a team of 25 developers, how would you motivate them? [closed]

Imagine yourself hired by a new startup backed with few millions coming from venture capitalists. Your mission: organize the development of the next killer app. 25 developers is too much to take ...
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annual goal for programmers in IT company

As IT manager what goals would you set for your programmers in your team. These goals would be used in the annual performance review. Any recommendations? How would you create goals that actually ...
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Can the ScrumMaster and other team members be managed by the Product Owner?

Our team is switching to Scrum. I would be the ScrumMaster (in addition to being a developer), and another developer would become Product Owner (in addition to our product marketing guy). All members ...
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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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Managers X Motivation

As a programmer what do you think that is the thing that your manager does that mostly decreases your motivation? My manager insists in blocking web content (this week was msdn content and Microsoft ...
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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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Getting management to hire a new developer? [closed]

I've been working here for about 3 months now, and this company has been around since 2003. I've the only full time developer, and I don't know what happened to the part time guy who was doing work ...
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Does this list of management behaviors actually appeal to software developers?

I came across this list of management behaviors (http://suven.posterous.com/dos-and-donts-leading-software-development-te). I think it has some gems, but I'm not 100% on some of them. I've marked ...
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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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Project Proposal templates/requirements [closed]

When drafting a project proposal, do you use any standard template? What features/information should be included? What is nice to have included? What sort of boiler plate information should I shove ...
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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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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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How possible is it to estimate time for programming projects? [duplicate]

It seems like it is nearly impossible to get close because you could run into any number of issues and things not first anticipated. How close can we be expected to reasonably estimate? Our PM wants ...
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How managers choose programming languages

It's not a secret to anyone that managers can and often will impose the programming language that will be used for a project. Being a programmer myself, I have never been able to understand this. ...
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“Mentor” a senior programmer or colleague without insulting

I don't have great social skills. Like many programmers I know, social skills are something that is worked on and developed over time because it's not a natural and 'inborn' trait. When a computer ...
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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 ...