"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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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 ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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 ...
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How to tell your boss that his programming style is really bad? [duplicate]

I'm a student and in my spare time I'm working for a big enterprise as Java developer. The job is good, but the problem is, my boss writes very strange code. I don't want to complain, but some issues ...
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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 [closed]

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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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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How can I figure out if another project is mostly maintenance and bugs? [closed]

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 ...