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Why are deadlines always so short? [duplicate]

I'm a junior developer in a small company (in a team of 2 developers). Everytime we are asked to implement a new feature: the deadline is set so that we just have time to do the development: there ...
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1answer
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Programmer Timeliness vs Effort [closed]

The engineering team I am on has a very laid back approach to work hours. People come in at 6am and at 11am, and work until things are done when necessary. Engineers will routinely work very late, on ...
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How do I explain to my boss what a 'Virtual Machine' means? [closed]

Most probably my boss didn't write a single word on a keyboard in his entire life. He saw computers and he has a cell phone. He is a smart man. How can I explain to him what a 'virtual machine' is? ...
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4answers
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Arguments to non-technical manager for program upgrade [duplicate]

My situation: I'm currently intern in a big company, developing an automation tool (for company internal use only). There are about 30 persons in the team, but we are only 3 developers, all interns ...
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3answers
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How do I stress the importance of unit tests to my manager [duplicate]

I've recently started a new job, & I've been tasked with completing a feature that another developer didn't finish before he left the company. The existing tests are out of date (i.e ...
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How does a non-technical manager add value to team of self-motivated software developers?

I am seeing a lot of programmers turning away from management and administration roles. They want to build stuff. And as a result, a lot of these positions are filled by non-technical people. I fail ...
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8answers
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Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines? [duplicate]

My manager has tight deadlines to meet. The current project I am working on is currently on schedule, but I've noticed a couple of quite significant areas in the code that are really badly written. ...
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1answer
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How To Explain Need to Refactor Code to Non-Developer Boss [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person? How to justify code refactoring time? My supervisor is the CTO of the company that I work at, he is the jack ...
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How can I effectively explain technical concepts to a non technical boss when I'm not a good talker? [closed]

Preface I work as web developer for a big retail company, which sells goods to smaller retails through its e-commerce web site, developing both for the e-commerce and intranet. The main source of ...
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4answers
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Explain to a non-technical manager that the tool he chose isn't apt

My non-technical manager just paid for a license to use a tool which designed to pick mentions of your brand name at blogs, "social media", comments, etc. and gauge the sentiment (positive, neutral, ...
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10answers
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo.

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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1answer
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randomized management?

I saw an article a few months ago that explain a company's practice of randomly choosing management via lottery. The employee would manage his peers for some fixed amount of time until the next ...
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How do you explain NP-Completeness/Unsolvability to a non-technical supervisor? [closed]

You fix problems. You can do the impossible. Co-workers come to you with a wide range of questions and problems they want you to solve; which can usually be done with some simple custom program or ...
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4answers
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How to Deal with an out of touch “Project manager”

This "manager" is 70+ yrs old and a math genius. We were tasked with creating a web application. He loves SQL and stored procedures. He first created this in MS access. For the web app I had to ...
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6answers
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Communicating with Management

What are some concrete suggestions and techniques for communicating with management? My premise for this question is that as programmers we think in a much more granular/detail-oriented way than ...
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2answers
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How do you explain the complexity of bulk emailing to a manager? [closed]

I think we've all been there, you've been asked to write something to send bulk emails for whatever reason. It's a solved problem, theres a multitude of companies out there to handle this for you, and ...
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10answers
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How can I quickly weed out “copy & paste” coders?

I need a way to filter out resumes of folks who just copy-and-paste code then hope it works, and check it in if it does. All this happens without having an understanding (or care) to understand the ...
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6answers
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What processes do you follow when developing code for large corporations? [closed]

I'm interested in learning about any process you need to follow when coding for a large corporation. For example, it would be nice to see a little insight into how you (or your manager) handles ...
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2answers
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How to introduce a willing manager to IT and web development?

After experiencing quite a lot of problems with our small project's manager (we're a startup, and he's the only guy who has the appropriate education; the rest of us are programmers), we have finally ...
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8answers
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How do I cope with a manager who’s always interfering in what I do, but doesn’t really understand it?

We've all had them, managers who have either come from sales or last looked at code 10 or more years ago but think they know how to write code. What can I do to give the impression that I'm grateful ...
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6answers
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How to make non-technical management more realistic when it comes to developing software

I manage a small in-house development team for a large organization. We develop for both internal and external clients. I find it impossible to educate the non-technical senior management about ...