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Five new junior developers and lots of complex tasks. What's now?

Our company has hired five new junior developers to help me to developer our product. Unfortunately the new features and incoming bug fixes usually require deeper knowledge than a recently graduated ...
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Easy way of engaging non-programmers (i.e. designers) into using version control?

What are some key ways of getting your team involved in using version control during development, web development or otherwise? I refuse to work without it, which means anyone involved in the project ...
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Does it work when a developer is the project manager's boss?

I am in the planning stage of a project and I am looking to hire a project manager. I would like to do some coding and keep eye on all parts of the project. However, i have a feeling that a project ...
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Good guidelines and practices for mandatory code review [closed]

We are trying out mandatory code review on each commit -- nothing gets into master that hasn't been validated by at least 1 person not the author -- for a couple of sprints. We have buy in from both ...
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How should ability be distributed through teams?

After reading this, I saw that there seems to be a lot of disagreement over how agile teams should be structured within a group of developers with varying ability (aka almost all teams). Should all ...
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How important are the people I work with? [closed]

I'm a very lucky individual who's managed to push a job I enjoy as a junior developer (I say push as I was hired as a Business Analyst but moved into development by proving I could do the work). I'm ...
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Charles Barkley syndrome [closed]

Charles Barkley was an excellent basketball player, a hall of fame, and a dream team member. He played for the 76ers, Suns, and Rockets. Yet he never won an NBA championship. Some might argue this ...
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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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How to deal with too much pragmatism in the project?

My team and I took over a medium sized codebase over a year ago when the previous tech lead left the company. Originating from the lack of man power I fear we favored pragmatic solutions over best ...
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How does one become a big contributor to an opensource project?

I know that the default advice for open source projects, and getting started, is to start fixing bugs. But I have a feeling that its the path that one would want to take if they wanted to be a ...
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Bitbucket and a small development house

I am in the process of finally rolling Mercurial as our version control system at work. This is a huge deal for everyone as, shockingly, they have never used a VCS. After months of putting the bug in ...
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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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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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Convince developer to use IDE

There is a developer, lets call him John (currently on probationary period) in company(pretty small company approx. 10 persons, 3 developers, one of them works long in this company know business ...
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Is seniority/paygrade an important factor for effective QA members? [duplicate]

As a member of our company's QA team, I frequently get entirely unenthusiastic feedback from developers in their responses to test results in our agile, web-based software-as-a-service shop. Most of ...
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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 can be called a good team player?

Many times you encounter something like "team-worker" or "enthusiast to work in a team" or stuff like that in employment ads which state that they want you to be or become a good member of a ...
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Is Pair Programming also used to train less experienced developers and bring them up to speed? [duplicate]

I am familiar with Agile and Pair Programming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_programming). I thought Pair Programming was used if there was a complex requirement i.e. two sets of eyes is better ...
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Bulk commits vs Quick commits [closed]

I know that most of you would advice to go with the strategy and methodology of the project. However I just have a quick question, from Senior point of view, what would be better to see quick small ...
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How can I answer interview questions about developing in a team when I've always been a lone developer?

In an interview, I was asked about about my experiences in developing in team settings. However, I've been self taught and have only worked on projects on my own. How would you go about answering this ...
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Motivation for a development team?

In two and half months I have successfully brought a team from the brink of doom to being a successful development team. The project is a using new .net technologies (MVC, EF), has new tools, and the ...
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How to let teammates know what changes I made to an object?

Suppose I have a PHP object, let's say: companyObj. class companyObj { private company_name; private company_address; public function print_contact() { //logic } } This is the object ...
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Why can't we get anything done?

I work on a small team, in a medium-sized company, most of which isn't involved in software development. I'm the newest and least-experienced developer and had no professional or academic background ...
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Git workflow for small teams

I'm working on a git workflow to implement in a small team. The core ideas in the workflow: There is a shared project master that all team members can write to All development is done exclusively on ...
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Does Fred Brooks' “Surgical Team” effectively handle the bus factor?

My team of 4 experienced developers works on a large, modular Windows application (approx. 200 KLoC). I have focused on the core codebase since the beginning of the project (3 years ago) and have ...
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What do I need to know before approaching a web developer/ developing team?

I have little experience in website programming. However, I have an idea for a website that I would like to make real. It would have many of the same features that a site such as TripAdvisor uses, but ...
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Choosing the language to build an app in based on hiring market vs performance and maintainability [closed]

I'm facing a choice of whether to start building Haskell components for a certain production app that is all done in Ruby. I'm leaning toward Haskell for several reasons, primarily speed (compiled ...
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I'm tasked with leading the documentation effort for an existing, entirely undocumented, software product - what resources are there to help me?

I'm a software developer at a technology company. I have been tasked with leading the documentation effort for the product I work on. The goal is to produce documentation internal to developer, and ...
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Rolling your own Hackathon

Background Info Hey, I pitched the idea of a company Hackathon that would donate our time to a charity to work on a project (for free) to improve morale in my company and increase developer cohesion. ...
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Advice/Approach for distilling homogenous code and building common code for a team

I work for the State of California. Our programming team in my opinion is not really a 'team' in that we usually work solo on projects throughout the application/systems complete life-cycle. The end ...
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How to find just starting OpenSource project and Join or find programmers for own? [duplicate]

Is there any place on the web where can I join a team when they are just starting their project? Is there any place where developers can make groups for projects? I know there are some /dev/forums ...
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How do I Integrate a Former Team Member into the Current Team

Is it possible to re-integrate a former team member into a software project? We have a product with a looming customer deadline and we don't have enough hours to get it done! We have a former ...
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Are software developers who ignore quality/standards better for the company?

Do software developers who choose not to put code optimization, standards and best practices as top priority, create more useful code than those developers who choose to worry about optimization, ...
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Prevent developers from using constants

I have one one software system which allows developers to specify an ID or name to create NodeReferences. Both work fine, but ID's are not guaranteed to be the same across different environments. I've ...
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Agile MVP (Most Valuable Player/Programmer)

Recently I've been involved in an agile project (using scrum) where management came up with the idea that the team would nominate a developer 'MVP' as well as a QA 'MVP' at the end of each sprint, ...
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should you always enter a bug in a bug tracking system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should developers enter bugs into the bug tracking system? Should I log trivial fixes? For a project I'll be doing in school soon I will be working with 6 other ...
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Suggestions wanted on dealing with hyper territorial team

I have just started a new job and all is not well in neverland. I had high hopes for this company, but when I arrived, I walked into a team that I am having a hard time working with... The two ...
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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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Solo vs Team development and the consequences

I've been programming for a while on different languages. I never really studied programming at school nor worked on a team of more than two people (me included). Still, I've been a professional ...
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Introducing new topics to co-workers

I've been trying to introduce topics such as unit testing, dependency injection, inversion of control, etc... to co-workers. I've given mini lectures, demonstrations, and have suggested these topics ...
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Is it a problem to have different styles of HTML coding within team?

I with 2 other friends are new to web development. We are learning HTML, CSS, Javascript and are creating simple websites to get a feel of different things. And as HTML is only a markup and not a ...
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How should I introduce a coding standard to my team?

First a bit of background: My current development manager is taking another opportunity the end of this week, leaving our team with four fulltime developers, a part-time intern and a web designer ...
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What are your strategies to improve the level of your team in a clever way?

I'm looking for innovatives ways to improve the whole team & raise the global level in every aspects, not just technicals ones. My actual solutions : programming challenge vith votes, notes ...
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How do I avoid the complexity concerns of frameworks while keeping my team marketable?

When deciding upon how to design a software project with my colleagues, most suggestions tend to be for using specific frameworks "because it's popular in the job market" or "that's the framework that ...
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How should we develop the project with different members with different skill level? [duplicate]

We are developing a project with three members. I am the permanent member, we hired a contractor from a company to be a team lead and one very junior coder. Now the contractor is doing the server side ...
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what is the best way to ensure accountability in code checkins?

Note: after writing this I realize that this question is perhaps philosophical, but I'm interested in how the industry handles this scenario regardless. I have recently been working with a code base ...
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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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How to divide work among development team members in a website project using MVC pattern

I am working on a webapp project using flask framework and sqlalchemy orm in python. Its the first time I am working on a project like this and I am having trouble in how to divide work properly among ...
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Is recursion an instance of being “too clever” when programming?

I've read several books and learned through experience that optimizing code to the point where it is inscrutable, or coming up with an extremely fast but extremely complex solution to a problem is not ...
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Bounty points for fixing bugs?

Ever heard of a company awarding bounty points for bugfixes? Making team members work to do the most, as some bonus money will be dependent on it? Having them split, or pay bounties to others to ...