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How to tackle a software architect that feels he's above a standard programmer? [closed]

This post felt like it belonged somewhere in between SE Workplace and SE Programmers. However, since it's specifically targeting a programming issue, I decided to put it here. What are the ...
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Where to push a failing test?

I just changed branch settings on my GitHub repository, so that my [next] branch requires a passing CI build through a pull request. A discussion followed with a number of team members, about failing ...
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Wouldn't it be beneficial to write tests during code review?

A colleague of mine came up with an idea that I found interesting. Wouldn't it be beneficial to write tests during code review, by the person doing the review assuming that we don't do TDD? For ...
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How to warn other programmers of class implementation

I'm writing classes that "must be used in a specific way" (I guess all classes must...). For example, I create the fooManager class, which requires a call to, say, Initialize(string,string). And, to ...
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How to deal with misconceptions about “premature optimization is the root of all evil”?

I've encountered many people who are dogmatically against anything which can be considered "optimization" in the general English-language sense of the word, and they very often quote verbatim the (...
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How can I promote the use of the Builder pattern in my team?

Our codebase is old and new programmers, like myself, quickly learn to do it the way it's done for the sake of uniformity. Thinking that we have to start somewhere, I took it upon myself to refactor a ...
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How can I make a boss (or colleague) be more careful when estimating the complexity of a task/project?

I am a software developer, and I work in a small web development company. It seems to be a recurring theme that a middle-manager will ask me how long something will take, and when I give them my ...
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Why do teams still insist on a code-styling policy? [closed]

Many teams (such as Google have rules how code should look, including how indentation should be done, how many spaces, in which order should includes be included, etc. Some of those thing can't be ...
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“Best Practices” when designing large applications with multiple functions

A little background first. I have been tasked with rewriting our gun software into VB.Net (converting the code from BBJ). This software incorporates many different inventory management functions, such ...
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Development workflow for a team: local to live (with GIT)

We're trying to put together a workflow for Wordpress development which turns out to be pretty complicated with lots of elements. Is there a way to streamline this or filling in the gaps? We ...
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How to refine the architecture, look for better solutions and not to spoil relationship with the team?

TL;DR What are the good practices of iterative search of a better solution? Well, if I knew everything in advance and could immediately suggest 146% correct solution for a given context, I'd ...
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Best approach to develop php mysql project with multiple developers

We are 4 developers working on a PHP-mySQL web project. Currently we work together as described below: All project files except DB is hosted at GitHub All project files except DB is hosted at GitHub ...
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What are the possible/likely pitfalls of having async scrum teams?

In our game project we currently have 2 teams that work in 2 week iterations. In the past we've repeatedly had issues with larger features (bad planning/estimates, unforseen issues before code freeze ...
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Code review lags behind the Deliver/Test Cycle

In our Agile process we have 2-week Sprints. Tasks are delivered on a daily basis (daily builds), and the Test Team completes their testing immediately the next day or even the same day. We also have ...
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How/should I introduce a new pattern into my codebase [closed]

I have recently discovered the Builder pattern and the Step Builder pattern which are essentially just like object initialisers but with the Step Builder pattern you can add mandatory fields. We have ...
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Has there been recent research on Fred Brooks's model of the “Surgical Software Team”? [closed]

I'm reading through The Mythical Man Month for the first time. In it, Fred Brooks* proposes a model of software development based on how a surgical team works. There is a "surgeon" (a senior developer)...
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How can I write unit tests that simplify feature implementation? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to working in software development and I read a lot about how cool unit tests are. Now, I've made my first steps into a project where I'm working with a number of equally unexperienced ...
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Divide time available by task type [closed]

We’re a team of a few programmers working on different projects, enhancing current features adding new features and of course fixing bugs as they come to our attention. Problem is that we need a way ...
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As a tech team lead, how should I handle team members' coding mistakes and bad practices? [duplicate]

I'm a tech team leader on a team of about 5 developers. The team size is somewhat dynamic as team members periodically leave for other projects and others join the team from other projects. ...
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Use the company style guide or try to match the incorrect source files? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a large project in C++. The style guide for this language has been well defined by my company and is available for everyone to see. This particular code-base is being ...
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How do I communicate to a colleague that their code does nothing? [duplicate]

Stay with me here. When I say the code "does nothing", I mean something like the following function: void factorial(int n) { int result = 1; for(int i = 1; i <= n; ++i) { ...
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What process(s) do you often go through when abandoning a team project?

This question is written after insight gained from my previous question here: What factors should influence how I determine when to abandon a small project with a friend?. This question is ideally ...
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What factors should influence how I determine when to abandon a small project with a friend? [closed]

I've found myself in a tough spot as of late. Been working on a game with a programming buddy for nearly 8 months now. We both started off as newcomers to programming around August of last year, he is ...
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Best workflow for a web development team to work on a large amount of projects simultaneously? [duplicate]

We're a team of web developers, and as the number of projects we're working on has grown and continues to, things are starting to get messy. What we currently do is work on a locally shared folder ...
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What options does a disciplined developer have when joining a team of undisciplined developers as a regular member, not a lead? [closed]

What options does a disciplined developer have when joining a team of undisciplined developers? Based on an environment of bad developers and a lack of software development infrastructure to guide ...
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How to resolve discussions where developers can't agree? [duplicate]

Our organisation currently consists of 10 developers, I am one of the senior developers there. We recently held a meeting, as one of the developers wanted to suggest using a different framework to ...
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how to introduce a culture of quality into the work environment? [duplicate]

Currently we're not doing any code reviews and we have effectively zero unit tests (we have some but they are never run by anyone else other than myself) and there's no coding standards for style and ...
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Best way to offer team member help? [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently. In my recent sprints, I have found myself finishing my work well before the sprint ends (several hours in a 2 week sprint). I am left with a lot of time and ...
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Paired Programming - best approach

There is a new developer starting soon. This person is at an entry level but has worked in app support for a couple of years. I asked this question some time ago just before I started training ...
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Leaving intentional bugs in code for testers to find

We don't do this at our firm, but one of my friends says that his project manager asked every developer to add intentional bugs just before the product goes to QA. This is how it works: Just before ...
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Test driven development workflow for two programmers

We are currently starting with TDD and we want to work in parallel in two programmers - one for writing test (Programmer A) and one for writing actual code (Programmer B). Problem is, how to ...
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Help, team members out of tasks want to start with future sprints topics

I have this problem, a team with 4 members working under scrum, with specific skills each one of them: Person A) DBA with reporting skills Person B) DBA with stored procedure skills and a very ...
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From which point does it become dangerous to keep going as the sole developer on a project? [duplicate]

I'm working at a company where the management wants to capitalise on consulting experience to offer quality software to their (already existing) customers, and expand from that to become one day ...
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Should a front-end developer ever specify JSON format for back-end developers?

I am taking the front-end role in a project. Should I be specifying for my back-end teammates the exact format of JSON that their PHP returns to my JavaScript? For example, should I be telling them ...
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How to enforce good/better source code control practices?

I suspect that I'm focusing on the wrong problem so I will first describe what I think the problem is before presenting the possibly suboptimal solution I envision. Current Situation: Currently my ...
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How can I encourage people to read error messages? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there are some good ways to encourage people to read error messages when the compilation fails. People (especially) the junior ones usually ignore the error messages and just ask ...
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How to get people to actually do code reviews promptly? [duplicate]

First things first, our company has decided to do code reviews. All of the engineers agree with (or accept) this. Code reviews are required as part of our development process for all commits. The ...
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How to communicate software design efficiently between developers? [duplicate]

Recently I've come to understand that a serious problem at my workplace is the lack of communication between developers. It's odd, because we're a totally open sort of organization. Everyone can go to ...
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Sharing development test cases (unit and development integration) with the QA (test) team?

The testing team (the so-called QA team in some organizations) insists that the development team should share their (the development team's) test cases with them. Their arguments are that the ...
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Who is responsible to challenge a product owner? [duplicate]

I am relatively new to Scrum and I am not clear on the boundaries of a product owner. The product owner that I am currently working with seems to behave more like a manager than someone who gives ...
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Organizing code in a 2 man team

I've been working with a buddy of mine on a school project. We forecast it'll take ~2 months, so it isn't a small scale project at all. Communication and splitting the work effectively has been a ...
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Should every member of scrum team be universal? [closed]

We have a scrum team where there are 5 developers, 2 automated testers, 1 manual tester. Our tasks are completely independent. Shouldn't there be 8 people, every one should be able to do every task: ...
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Viable method of sharing our PHP project [duplicate]

We are two developers that have no previous experience in sharing one PHP project. In particular, cakePHP. We both use NetBeans and we have set the project up as a "PHP application from a remote ...
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Large Scale Application Development in Android

Since, I am fairly new to large scale app development in Android and Java, I thought I would ask for advice. My team is faced with developing a prototype of a fairly complex medical software. ...
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Is using Git Stash as a workflow an antipattern?

I've recently been looking at how me and my team uses Git and how our workflows work. We currently use a feature-branch workflow which seems to work well. I've also seen some individuals on our team ...
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What is the best way for a programmer to handle being code reviewed?

I am fairly new to code review, but I have been coding for years during my PhD - which doesn't always make you a good programmer! If the reviewer changes your code and goes through it with you line-...
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How to transfer code responsibility to another developer [duplicate]

I'm in a situation at work where I have to transfer responsibility of a large code base that I inherited, re-factored and enhanced to another developer. This is the first time that I have to do such a ...
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Do you rotate agile team members?

I've got long standing developers in my sprint team. They know the domain, they've been with the company 5+ years and as a team we have a pretty good burn down rate. There are other sprint teams, ...
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Adding a Short-Term Developer to a Rework of an Old Project [closed]

Background I work in the Language Resource Center on my campus. It's a relatively small lab, and our job is to help students, not code software. Being a Computer Science student, I took the ...
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How can my team avoid frequent errors after refactoring?

To give you a little background: I work for a company with roughly twelve Ruby on Rails developers (+/- interns). Remote work is common. Our product is made out of two parts: a rather fat core, and ...