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How to explain to a non-technical person why the task will take much longer than they think?

Almost every developer has to answer questions from business side like: Why is going to take 2 days to add this simple contact form? When a developer estimates this task, they may divide it into ...
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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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how to convince manager to allow stack overflow

At my company we have strict limits on internet use. I often must use the poor mobile interface only for StackOverflow. However, the site is very useful for work. How do I convince a manager to ...
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How to handle this unfortunately non hypothetical situation with end-users?

I work in a medium sized company but with a very small IT force. Last year (2011), I wrote an application that is very popular with a large group of end-users. We hit a deadline at the end of last ...
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Development Teams - Can One Bad Apple Spoil the Bunch? [closed]

...One of the most important features a new employee should have is compatibility with the spirit of the people who already work there. {...} I am convinced that gaining insight into the ...
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How do I handle this job situation? [closed]

I am a recent college graduate. I recently interviewed for a Software Developer position. I really like the environment. I got offers from other places but this place just feels really comfortable for ...
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Dealing with “I-am-cool-and-you-are-dumb” manager [closed]

I have been working with a software company for about 6 months now. I like the projects I work on there and I really like all the people there except for 1 guy. That guy is technically smart, and he ...
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5answers
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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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Scrum roles mixed up

Here at the office our Scrum roles are a bit mixed up, so I would appreciate any advice on how to improve it. We are a small team of 4 developers (one of which is a de facto scrum master) and we also ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Difference between these 3 manager roles

Roles: Development Manager Program Manager Project Manager I have read a bit and independently I understand them well enough. However when you combine them, it seems to me that some ...
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How to manage a growing team? [closed]

I'm the admin assistant of the CTO and our organization has recently experienced a lot of growth. Within six months, we have merged with another organization and our Dev team has grown from 8 to 16, ...
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Difficulty understanding difference between Project Manager (Business Analyst) and Software Architect and Scrum Master [closed]

From what I've gathered: Project Manager (PM)(or Business Analyst (BA)): Decides EVERYTHING. Capable of solving problems. This means he or she will have the skills necessary to look at data and other ...
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Users and roles: Where to put queryUsersWithRole()?

I have two model classes User and Role and two managers/DAOs (UserManager and RoleManager) plus a method which gives me all users with a certain role (List<User> getUsersWithRole(Role)). In ...