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How to mentor a junior team member while remaining productive on your own projects?

This question is not about multitasking... there are plenty of tips around for that. This is about how to take steps to efficiently multi-project (work on two projects at a time) on a single large ...
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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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Just being hired as a senior developer, never even been a junior developer, what should I expect? [closed]

I've been a freelancer and a coder by night for a while, and recently, I've been hired after several levels of interviews in a nice NY company, even though I've some lacks in specific fields. Is this ...
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Developer thinks they do not have to follow standard development process [duplicate]

How do you deal with a senior developer who does not think that the company standard way of developing software applies to them ? For instance: Will ask other developers to do work by email, ...
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Professional Mentorships and Study Groups for Seasoned Programmers?

I am presently an employed software engineer, less than a decade out of college. Given where I would like to be in my career, I am currently looking to sharpen my skills to find my next job. However, ...
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What can a technically proficient senior software developer study to keep improving

Say you have been programming for over 10 years. You know many languages, with few of those at very detailed level. You have been designing architecture for solutions, worked on and delivered larger ...
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How many juniors should a senior mentor?

Our shop's size increases dynamically, so we are planning to hire a few new junior developers but we would not like to overwhelm the seniors with too much mentoring and training. How many (usually ...
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New senior developer tasks

I've got a senior developer with eight years of .NET experience starting tomorrow to work on a 11,000-lines-of-code application. In the team there's myself and another programmer. We've both got about ...
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Senior Engineers: Go Back to Coding?

This is a question regarding engineers with 20+ years experience, but it is a question for everybody, as it has to do with career development. I'm in a surprisingly long job hunt, and the problem ...
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Is hiring a junior developer as a technical trainer a good idea?

So my friend's boss brought in four junior candidates with some work experience, she is one of them. Her manager wants them to be experts on the subject matter of tomcat in a matter of two months in ...
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Who should train new programmers? Junior or senior programmers?

On my team, we often require the most senior programmers to train/mentor the brand new junior programmers. However, these same senior programmers are the ones who are doing the bulk of the real, ...
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What can a senior programmer do that a junior can't? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should you call yourself a senior developer? I often see offers for senior programmers and the rule of thumb seems to be that you need to have worked three years to ...
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Should senior programmers be required to take on and mentor a junior developer? [closed]

In a shop that is intended to be tight-knit and supportive, should it be part of the culture that senior developers are paired with junior developers as mentors? Or should this mentoring be something ...
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How important is having a mentor or senior developer in the beginning of your career? [closed]

I just read this question asking how to determine if a senior developer's advice is bad and I realized that I couldn't really relate to his situation since I don't have a mentor. I also realized that ...
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34answers
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How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?

Recently, I started my first job as a junior developer and I have a more senior developer in charge of mentoring me in this small company. However, there are several times when he would give me advice ...
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Technical test for a senior developer

I have a dilemma. I have a candidate for a senior software developer position. The guy seems competent on a first talk with him and he answered the questions asked precisely and gave me proofs of ...
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Would leading a major refactoring effort appeal to a senior developer?

My company is inheriting a large code base for two products that's fragmented into different applications using different languages and technologies, with a significant portion of it spaghetti code. ...
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Should a senior developer refuse to take paper exams during an interview?

I found that many senior developers refuse to do paper exams in interviews. They regard the exam as a kind of humiliation, because they think that "They don't trust my programming ability even if I ...
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Senior software developer [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the place of my question or not. I'm working in a software company as senior software engineer, but my team leader is controlling everything in the development life cycle. I ...
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When should you call yourself a senior developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Whats the difference between Entry Level/Jr/Sr developers? I'm curious what senior developer means because apparently the definition doesn't mean what I thought it ...
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Required skills for a senior level ActionScript/Flex developer

I'm looking to take my Actionscript knowledge to the next level and I've been having trouble finding what it takes to become a senior level AS developer. From my searching this has what I've come up ...
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How do I tell a senior programmer that I disagree with him

I am a new programmer at my office. I just entered this workplace for about 2 months. I've been working with another senior programmer which is essentially my "mentor" during the introductory ...