The organization tag covers the design, structure and layout of physical, human, business and and digital resources which are not covered by classical software architecture considerations.

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How does Microsoft manage its legions of developers? [closed]

I'm convinced that large teams are an inefficient means to build software (large meaning > 5 man task group). I have heard that Microsoft's philosophy is to break teams down into small groups of 5 ...
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What do you call classes that do arbitrary work in your project? [closed]

I work on a lot of projects with different teams. Every project has its own conventions, including what to call arbitrary classes that don't lend themselves to obvious names. As a counter-example, ...
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Why do we use non-descriptive internal codenames? [closed]

I think using codenames are quite widespread. Our company is using them too. But my main concern is these names are usually not documented anywhere. And the meaning is spread by the word of mouth. ...
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Organize Web API Controllers by their associated Views, or by the logical type they operate against?

We're building a large Angular SPA that uses ASP.NET Web API on the backend. The application will have a large number of views (100-200). I'm debating whether to organize the Web API such that the ...
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How to organize repository branches? [closed]

I am trying to find a way to organize the branches in my repository in a sensible way. I would like the main branch to contain only "clean" commits: features that are (mostly) complete, no superfluous ...
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How to divide OO project into packages?

I'm a hobbyist programmer working on my own projects. I use Java. Until recently my average project was only 1000 LoC. My latest project however is bigger and is starting to exceed 1500 LoC. I ...
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Project Organization

I have been having a discussion with a colleague about the best way to organize a (C#)project after he reorganized a project I had been working on from something that looked like this: To something ...
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Getting coders to do code review [duplicate]

I am running a project where I pay developers to contribute to my semi open source project. My problem is that it is easy to hire developers, but it is very difficult to get anyone to do code ...
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Organisation by business function vs technical function

I am designing a large application (a static code analyser) and I have a choice in how to organise the code into modules: One approach is by what I'd call by technical function. This is where you ...
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Should I use git for project files, other than the actual source? [duplicate]

I have a lot of small projects, and while their source code is backed up and tracked with git, I don't know what to do with the rest of the files associated with a project. These consist of small ...
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Viability of a Development Team with no *dedicated* Tester role [closed]

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to build a lean development team. Ultimately, I'd like to open up my own little software house with a small number of like-minded people. The goal won't be ...
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How to organize repositories for a split library?

I have two libraries that implement a protocol: one provides tools for establishing a channel between two parts, and the other provides classes and tools for building and parsing the binary protocol ...
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Flat organizations vs hierarchical for software development [closed]

My organization was flat two years ago, and people felt that the general manager had disproportionate almost dictatorial powers. Also the general manager didn't have time to coach employees, so some ...
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How to organize points on a sphere in bins and navigate between bins?

I'm having trouble coming up with a suitable way to navigate through a set of star coordinates in the Equatorial Coordinate System. My goal is to display those which are within a given range of ...
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Software architecture map to aid cross team communication?

I work in a company where multiple teams each work on different parts of a software product in a vaguely agile/scrum manner. Mostly the organisation works well but there have been instances where a ...
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How can I introduce QA and break it into parts for various people?

I was recently asked how to do this, specifically: How to introduce QA into an organization? How to break up QA into parts that others can do ? How to prioritize what needs QA? How to determine what ...
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GitHub Organizations for a project spanning multiple repositories?

I've started a project that involves at least three repositories on GitHub. One of the repositories is a generic documentation-and-examples dump, and the other two contain the implementation of two ...
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Good practice to use namespace or prefix to indicate what file function is from? [duplicate]

For example, I have the function generate_salt() in encryption.file but the person may not know where generate_salt() is from. Using a namespace like encryption::generate_salt(), or ...
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Are areas a good organizational feature, or just extra work?

Do Areas in ASP.NET MVC end up being a help or just a drag in the end (because of the URL construction)? Would it be better to have subdirectories inside the main Controllers folder? or are there any ...
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Client-side javascript: How to include third party frameworks?

When developing web apps you often build your app on top of some frameworks like Twitter's bootstrap. These frameworks come with less/sass/stylus, javascript, images and sometimes webfonts. I'm ...
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Effective way of keeping past projects with their working development environment?

I find that whenever I want to go run a past project, it will take a long time before I can find it and before I have everything set-up again for it to be able to run. For example, I have python ...
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Type dependencies vs directory structure

Something I've been wondering about recently is how to organize types in directories/namespaces w.r.t. their dependencies. One method I've seen, which I believe is the recommendation for both Haskell ...
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How can I avoid editing conflicts repeatedly when merging from one to branch to another?

I have an SVN repository set up like so: trunk branches UAT QA DevelopmentTeam programmer1 projectA projectB programmer2 projectC projectD programmer3 projectE projectF projectG projectH Each ...
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How do you keep logins organized between multiple developers?

I've worked at several places with 2-10 developers and each place has struggled in the area of tracking if the company has an account on a given web site or service. We're always left wondering... ...
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When to separate a project in multiple subprojects

I'd like to know if it makes sense to divide the project I'm working on in two repositories instead of one. From what I can say: Frontend will be written in html+js Backend in .net The backend ...
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what is the name of the model for the describing strategy between R&D and Professional Services

Is there a model that describes the different strategies that a company may use where the organisation is split into an engineering division and a professional services division? This is the sort of ...
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How to organise utility scripts inside a development team?

Inside my development team there are a lot of tooling/utility scripts around all members. Those scripts are mainly for specific tasks and shouldn't be part of our SCM (perforce). How should we ...
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What makes a successful architecture team? [closed]

I was recently appointed as the leader of a newly formed architecture team (most similar to systems or enterprise architecture, not explicitly software architecture). My company is medium sized, and ...
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Should Developers Perform All Tasks or Should They Specialize? [closed]

Disclaimer: The intent of this question isn't to discern what is better for the individual developer, but for the system as a whole. I've worked in environments where small teams managed certain ...
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Is there such thing like a “refactoring/maintainability group” role in software companies?

So, I work in a company that does embedded software development, other groups focus in the core development of different products' software and my department (which is in another geographical ...
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How to adopt scrum agile methodology for a small .Net team [closed]

I am working on a small product based company developing .Net applications. There is a small team with 5-6 developers. I am a person responsible for planning everything. But my primary role is ...
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How do you name your personal libraries?

I'm pretty bad with naming things. The only name I can every generically come up with is 'helper'. Say, if I have a header file that contains helping functions for manipulating paths, I tend to put ...
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What kinds of visual content, tables or diagrams might I want to include in my Project Architecture Document?

Besides logical and physical architecture diagrams, comps / mockups and tables for expected network load between components and various data schemas, what kinds of visual content, tables or diagrams ...
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Updating and organizing class diagrams in a growing C++ project

I am working on a C++ project that is getting bigger and bigger. I do a lot of UML so it was not really hard to explain my work to co-workers until now. Lately I implemented a lot of new features and ...
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Does a team of developers need a manager?

Background: I'm currently part of a team of four: 1 manager, 1 senior developer and 2 developers. We do a range of bespoke in-house systems / projects (e.g. 6-8 weeks) for an organisation of around ...
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Handling and organizing data from save file?

I'm working on a webapp (python/javascript) to modify a game's save file. The file has certain bytes representing player information, such as the gun, the equipment, etc. The idea is to show an ...
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how do you remember programming related stuff?

How do you remember programming related stuff? Have you had the feeling that you've encountered the error you have before you right now, a few years ago and you could swear you knew the cause then but ...
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Maintaining Organization When Designing Software

I've been trying for years to come up with a good way to organize the massive amounts of notes and material I generate when designing, coding, and testing software. My desk is usually overflowing with ...
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Under which circumstances will development advance faster with many contributors compared to few? [closed]

I saw an interview with Joel Spolsky, where he says that Fog Creek Software intentionally keep their teams small (I believe as in four-five guys). The reason for this is to avoid a lot of the ...
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Difference between DevOps and Software Configuration Management

What is the difference between Development Operations and Software Configuration Management? For me it seems to be the same as long as both DevOps and Software Configuration Management are focused ...
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Should QA be part of the development department?

I work for a small company that has had a product development department for quite a while. What we haven't had, however, is a QA/testing group. We are looking to add a testing group, but are ...
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Mercurial Repository structure with heavyweight corporate comms, configuration management & test requirements

I am yet another Subversion user struggling to re-educate myself in the Tao of distributed version control. When using Subversion, I was a big fan of the project-minor approach, and, with most of my ...
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what to do with your bin directory [closed]

To get off my noob status i am following the Learn python the hard way course. I really like it but at one point it says make a bin directory. In all games and other programs i saw to a bin ...
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Where can I find an authoritative source documenting the relationships between standards bodies?

There seems to be a number of different so-called "standards" bodies interacting and/or competing with each other. For example, RFC 3629 references ISO/IEC 10646 and appears to be governed by the ...
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Can a small team enter .NET world while most of them are working on OpenSource languages?

We are a team of about 15 employees, in a non-IT enterprise. Today, we mainly develop websites, using PHP, MySQL, etc. We run a bit less than 100 linux servers on ourselves. But today, we are ...
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Are there any studies of cross-functional teams vs. domain-based teams (e.g. project-based vs. software/mechanics/etc)?

I work in an organization which creates many integrated systems products - i.e. it is complete products with mechanical/system/electronics/software being designed and manufactured. At the moment most ...
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Dealing with multiple business requirement streams without compromising team size

A business has five discrete streams of business requirements to be implemented in software. There is a team of ten developers. A "naiive" organisational solution is to split the team into five ...
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Naming conventions and organization of packages

I've been programming in Java, C#, Python and AS3 most of the time and in all of these languages there are packages (or something like that). The problem I found is with the naming convention, or even ...
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How much should Developers interact with Clients? [closed]

A philosophical discussion has come up in my department that I'd like p.se's opinion on. We're a 6 person development department inside a 60 person IT shop. All other departments are growing FAST, and ...
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How to organize a set of syntax highlighting classes?

I am creating a set of syntax highlighters for an application. The languages include: HTML (specifically HTML5) JavaScript PHP CSS (specifically CSS3) The problem lies in the way the classes need ...