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Inspiring a co-worker to adopt better coding practices?

In the Handling my antiquated coworker question, various people discussed strategies for dealing with coworkers who are unwilling to integrate their workflow with the team's. I'd like, if possible, ...
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How to set stretch goals for a development team [closed]

We are looking at bringing on five college interns for the summer to help out with some development projects. Each one will be given a fairly stand-alone project that we are hoping he will be able to ...
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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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Chess as a team building exercise for software developers

The last place I worked wasn't a particularly great place and there were more than a few nights where we were working late into the evening trying to meet our sprints. The team while stressed out got ...
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Is it a good idea to use a kitchen-sink server for various services?

My (new) development team is setting up its software development environment. I won't describe the whole scenario, since that's another, much-maligned question. Anyway, we're going to have services ...
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Tips for managing an offshore development team [duplicate]

I am currently the software development team leader for an in house team in the UK. However, I am now tasked with managing a completely offshore development team. They are based in Eastern Europe, so ...
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How can I manage a central repository of documentation?

Our team works with a large number of different APIs and services, and we also have our own internal tooling and services we maintain as well. Right now, we do not have a good centrally managed ...
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What's the best way to recruit talented female developers? [closed]

I work on a team with a dozen men. They're great. I like them and all, but can't help wonder why it's so hard to find other technical women. I know they exist because I've met them at conferences, ...
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Where to draw the line between front end and back end [closed]

I was recently contracted to develop a smarty theme for an automated SOHO phone answering service. The team who had built the backend wouldn't allow me access to any of the back end nor tell me ...
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Training resources or ideas for very small team without a dedicated QA person or QA team [duplicate]

I have a very small 3-developer programming team that has zero QA people. We would like to hire a QA person but are unable to at this time. Until we can hire a QA person with proper QA training ...
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Continuously Improving output of a team

I am having my own software service company, DIGICORP and I am leading a team of 10 developers. The total company size is of around 50 persons. We are four friends who have started this venture from ...
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How to pick a great working team? [closed]

I've just finished my master and I'm starting to dig into the laboral world, i.e. learning how programming teams and technology companies work in the real world. I'm starting to design the idea of my ...
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Tips for organizing a “Hack Day” at work [closed]

I was thinking about organizing a "Hack Day" at work, think google's 20% time but just for 1 whole day (maybe just once per year or quarter). Similar to Atlassian Fedex Days I'd like for all the ...
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Bogarting the Data Access Layer

Situation: The dba is an offsite contractor who keeps the entire DAL code checked out in TFS. It would be nice as the front end developer to be able to add columns, and tweak procs and whatnot, ...
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4answers
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What could be a good team building activity to improve estimation skills? [closed]

I'm putting together a presentation to deliver to some of my teammates (all developers), and I'd like to include a short team building activity that focuses on improving estimation skills. Does anyone ...
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Helping a new programmer become more self-proficient and not ask me so much?

I'm currently working on a project with a new programmer. How do I help him speed up his work? He often asks me questions, and I pair programmed with him in backbone.js (a part of the project). Now I ...
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How to run developer team meetings?

Our team of 10 developers meet weekly. The meetings are rather boring and not particularly useful. What format/agenda do you utilize to have good meetings? We meet weekly in the conference room with ...
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How to foster intrinsic motivation in a software team

Jeff Atwood's blog post on Amazon's Mechanical Turk suggests that it should not offer monetary rewards but rather intrinsic motivation, "motivation that is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the ...
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What are the main things a programmer expects from the senior programmer?

Recently I read the following 5 Types Of Bosses and How To Deal With Them , which describes the attires of the worst boss. I've just started leading a small team of software developers. I would like ...
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Project In A Week / development bootcamp [closed]

Our team is thinking of doing a "Project In A Week" (bootcamp), and I'm interested to know if anyone else has experience of doing this or has any advice? The idea behind it is to get away from the ...
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7answers
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Who should determine team size?

Developers, managers, or customers? I was recently involved in a situation where I felt like the customers were arbitrarily demanding for more developers on a team which already had too many ...
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Essential roles for web application team

Some friends of mine came up with an idea for a web application which we (so far) think could be great. I made the analysis and all the early stages of the development process and I'm about to start ...
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Growing mobile developers inside a web development org

I work for a "mature web startup" as a web developer (mainly using PHP). Our main site has about 8 million registered members at the moment. However, the site is basically impossible to use on ...