It refers to the group of people (software developers, testers, project managers, product owners, etc.) who are working on the same project or company. However, usually it refers to a team of software developers.

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Should we hire a new developer now, or wait until the code is refactored to make it suitable for a team environment?

I support and develop a large system that uses various technologies e.g. c++,.net,vb6 etc. I am a sole developer. I am debating whether now is the right time to approach my manager (who is not a ...
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More productive alone than in a team? [closed]

If I work alone, I used to be superproductive, if I want to be. Running prototypes within a day, something that you can deploy and use within a few days. Not perfect, but good enough. I also had this ...
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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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Advice for Setting up an On-Call Team

I'm leading a largish development team (~35 developers). We are doing primarily Web Development work on a number of sites. Historically the knowledge on the teams has been pretty siloed. If you ...
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Should a domain expert make class diagrams?

The domain expert in our team uses UML class diagrams to model the domain model. As a result, the class diagrams are more of technical models rather than domain models (it serves of some sort of ...
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Are corner and edge cases too often ignored or disregarded and why? [closed]

I have the feeling that a lot of developers disregard corner and edge cases. Often they tend to just ignore these. I was once working on a logistics project. In the order management of the ...
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Dealing with selfish team member(s) [closed]

My team is facing a difficult quandary, a couple of team members are essentially selfish (not to be confused with dominant!) and are cherry-picking stories/tasks that will give them the most ...
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What are the pros and cons for having a dedicated T-SQL developer on your team?

Our T-SQL developer just gave his two weeks notice. We have been asked if our team of four developers would like an additional developer. We are offered to do our own T-SQL / Entitiy Framework ...
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How to structure a development team

I am the manager of a team of 11 software developers who look after my company's web sites / web applications, running up to 4 concurrent projects plus day-to-day support at any time. Within the 11 ...
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Add a second developer to the team

In my company, I'm the only developer, but we plan on expanding the team by hiring a second programmer. I know there are a lot of implications to that (especially around source control). I've Googled ...
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How to become a good team player?

I've been programming (obsessively) since I was 12. I am fairly knowledgeable across the spectrum of languages out there, from assembly, to C++, to Javascript, to Haskell, Lisp, and Qi. But all of ...
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Any suggested approaches to track bugs/defects?

What is the best way to track defect sources in tfs? We have various teams for a project like the vulnerability team, the customer, pre-sales, etc. We give a build and these teams independently test ...
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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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Are More Comments Better in High-Turnover Environments?

I was talking with a colleague today. We work on code for two different projects. In my case, I'm the only person working on my code; in her case, multiple people work on the same codebase, including ...
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Strategy/algorithm to divide fair teams based on history

We are a group of people playing floorball together on a regular basis. Every session starts with the daunting task of dividing teams... So what would be better than an application to pick teams ...
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Productivity enhancing development strategies for small teams

I think one of the best ways to learn and become a better programmer is to share knowledge gained from working on personal or work projects with others. One way to do this at the workplace is to set ...
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How to get new team members up to date with the project? [closed]

We are about to hire 1-2 new engineers for the software team (consisting of 3 developers, 1 tester). What are the steps to integrate them into the team? My ideas are : read documentation (coding ...
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Scrum for team split between two spoken languages

I have a team that without a single common language among all of the team members. The team is split across two locations (though the geography isn't the main issue). All team members in each location ...
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Are developers expected to have skills of business analysts? [closed]

Our business analyst has left the team. We are now expected to do the work which was previously done by the business analyst, and the management thinks that a task which is done in three months by a ...
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Code ownership: What should I do when a dev leaves or team splits? [duplicate]

There are multiple ways of tracking code ownership (i.e., collective, team or individual). In case of team or individual ownership, how do you: track ownership? deal with situations when dev leaves ...
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How should code “Goal Tending” be handled by a Development Manager?

First allow me to coin a term: code goal-tending: Checking out code in the morning, then silently reviewing all of the changes made by the other developers the previous day file by file, ...
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Under which circumstances will development advance faster with many contributors compared to few?

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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Is there a correlation between some software engineering practices and software engineering success stories?

I've been reading the book "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow and it's a truly enlightening read. The book deals with probabilities and human reasoning. And ...
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Programming with a group of people I've never met

I've been assigned a group project from my AP computer science class, and I am required to work with three other people. I've never talked to them before, I have no idea their skill level, and all I ...
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How to deal with a teammate who rather has his design ideas over good ideas [closed]

We have a situation in our team in which one member prefers his own ideas no matter what problems it has. When confronted with issues about a specific design he made - this teammate can get very ...
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how to communicate clearly and make sure the team is on task [closed]

I'm just doing a course in communication where we code a server and write design documents. Most of the server is already coded, and from the information given in the assignment we just try to fill in ...
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Will giving new recruits a separate subproject from experienced developers help the newbies ramp up more quickly?

We have 7 developers in a team and need to double our development pace in a short period of time (around one month). I know there is a common sense rule that "if you hire more developers, you only ...
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Who is Configuration Manager?

I would like to ask members of the community about the role of Configuration Manager, as you see it. I'm not asking what Configuration Management is, as long it had been asked before. What I need to ...
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Best practices for team workflow with RoR/Github for designer + coder?

My friend and I have started to try to collaborate on some projects. For background, I come from a PHP/Wordpress/Drupal coding background, but recently I've become more experienced with the RoR ...
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What programmers should do if there are no tasks in hand for few days? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to productively spend “free time” at the office Sometimes specially in the end of the year in software companies, there are less work for the team, at ...
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Rule of thumb for cost vs. savings for code re-use [duplicate]

Is it a good rule of thumb to always write code for the intent of re-using it somewhere down the road? Or, depending on the size of the component you are writing, is it better practice to design it ...
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Who usually does the use case analysis in the team?

I've just started my first IT job in a team with two developers (junior and senior), a project leader and an architect. My role is not yet completely defined and I said I'd be ok with both programming ...
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Do you work in teams? how do you split programming tasks? Is specialization a must?

I am currently a programmer specialized in javascript(mostly jquery) and css. In other words. My main work is always done on the client side. However, I do know basic stuff about mysql and PHP. ...
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In what types of programming environments is Reactive Management better than Proactive Management? [closed]

Most everyone seems to agree that Reactive Management is worse than Proactive Management; however, it seems that I am constantly seeing Reactive Management from development managers. Logic would ...
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How do you maintain a common library used by different clients?

I am part of a software deveopment team. Originally there were just 2 of us, and two applications. To ease our job we create a set of libraries, handling stuff like GUI, database access, calculation, ...
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Calculation of Milestones/Task list

My project manager assigned me a task to estimate the development time for an iPad application. Lets assume that I gave estimation of 15 working days. He thought that the number of days where too many ...
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CakePHP pair programming practise

We are on the stage of planning a CakePHP project. It is a relatively a big project for us, as a developer+project manager, I want to hire someone to work with me. But what I really want is to spend ...
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Headaches using distributed version control for traditional teams?

Though I use and like DVCS for my personal projects, and can totally see how it makes managing contributions to your project from others easier (e.g. your typical Github scenario), it seems like for a ...
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Are there successful examples of development “shifts”?

There is some thinking going on around how to get more output from the current resources we have. The thought is that two teams working different shifts might produce more output. The first shift ...
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How to include rookie developers into your project?

We're considering teaching some employees who have either zero or general hobbyist level programming experience to take workload off me. We use Python/Django which has some of the friendliest ...
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Team member missing? Glue between data producers and data consumers

We're in the business of automated trading and our team consists of two bigger groups, I call them data producers and data consumers. The producers' primary task is to maintain a chain of smaller ...
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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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Should all developers on a team have equal role/responsibility in writing and updating software design documents

I've asked a very similar question few days ago, but because I presented too much of my company's current situation, most answers focused completely on something that I wasn't looking to answer. So I ...
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Who should be responsible for writing/updating design specifications in an agile team

I work as part of a scrum-like Agile team and a while ago, one thing we identified that the team should do is maintain good set of design documents for our code base. Because we are agile and do have ...
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There is a (social) network / website for developers share ideas and find a team for development? [closed]

Supposing I want to do some kind of project, but I want to find more people interested in that area that can develop some project with me, there is some website focused on this? Example: "I want to ...
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How to help team members value each others input?

The sad reality is that team members in different roles see each other with different eyes. The above link presents a very true picture of how we regard each other in the SDLC. However the truth is ...
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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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Is it common to separate back-end and front-end into two positions on web development projects?

At a web startup, is it more common to have an engineer working the front-end AND back-end of the feature (basically in charge of the whole feature)? Or have engineers separated between the back-end ...
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In Scrum, why shouldn't the Product Owner and ScrumMaster roles be combined?

In the more traditional projects that I've worked on, the project manager (and, on larger projects, there might be associate/deputy/assistant project managers should one person be unavailable) is the ...
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What can you do about the quality of existing integration and unit tests while being the new guy in a team ?

A recurring theme that I came across in my career is being the new developer to arrive in a team, and quickly having an inherent distrust of the existing unit and integration test suites. During the ...