Questions about working together with co-workers or a team. (Teamwork questions are at risk of being "put on hold as off-topic" for being about career advice or education.)

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How to manage a growing team? [closed]

I'm the admin assistant of the CTO and our organization has recently experienced a lot of growth. Within six months, we have merged with another organization and our Dev team has grown from 8 to 16, ...
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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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How can I motivate my teammates to work? [closed]

I've been recruited in a small team of seven developers about 4 months ago on a small scale Java project involving a basic game development, where each programmer has to do a certain part. For example ...
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How to motivate co-workers to write unit-tests? [closed]

We're working on a large product which has been in production for about 5 years. The codebase is.. erm.. working. Not really well but it is working. New features are thrown into production and tested ...
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How do you disarm a cowboy coder? [closed]

I found a question (code cowboy on the team), but it was more related to "Ninja Coder" then the problem that I have. I have a team member who is a pure living example of "Cowboy Coder". I do ...
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Sharing ideas without risk of leaking [closed]

As freelancers, we meet somewhere and chat about a new idea for a project, brainstorm etc. Up to this point, we have taken notes of the ideas, but we would like to be able to share more efficiently ...
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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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My boss decided to add a “person to blame” field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it's a bad idea?

In one of the latest "WTF" moves, my boss decided that adding a "Person To Blame" field to our bug tracking template will increase accountability (although we already have a way of tying bugs to ...
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How does team development work?

This is a pretty generic question but one I've been wondering about for a while: is there a standardized, generally accepted, or even just systematic way that people write code as a group? For ...
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How to manage a developer who has poor communication skills

I manage a small team of developers on an application which is in the mid-point of its lifecycle, within a big firm. This unfortunately means there is commonly a 30/70 split of Programming tasks to ...
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Approach on working with many programmers on one module/feature

How can 2 or more developers code a certain feature/module of a software? Let's assume that the module is big and feature rich. How would they prevent each other from overlapping their code? Say, ...
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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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A good way to share knowledge of a new technology with team members when time is short?

We've been having constant requirement changes of having to choose which graphic rendering library to use for our project. In a team of about 10 members, two of us are exploring the new graphic ...
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Best practices for App Idea ownership and shares

I am developing apps on my sparetime. I am the sole developer, and two non-programmer friends of mine provide vision, content, algorithms and ideas. We always agree happily on all the features, todos ...
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Generalize, or Fix The Problem?

Which of these two programmers is "better", from a managerial standpoint? The first programmer is Albert. You tell Al to make a system that will pass you the salt at the dinner table. He does it in ...
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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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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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How can I demonstrate my productivity to management? [closed]

My university has a module for software development with a real client. Some of my team members work in the computer lab all the time, which is an extremely noisy environment with lots of ...
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Github Organization Repositories, Issues, Multiple Developers, and Forking - Best Workflow Practices

A weird title, yes, but I've got a bit of ground to cover I think. We have an organization account on github with private repositories. We want to use github's native issues/pull-requests features ...
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Scrum: Handling lack of motivation

According to this, "Scrum highly relies on a highly motivated, closely collaborating, cross-functional and self-organized teams." So how do you handle co-workers who may not be as motivated to take ...
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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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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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Assigning development work effectively to enable parallel development

I am currently doing my 1st accademic project where we have to work in groups of 4 to develop an application (java ...). Anyways, how might work be assigned so that there is less dependencies on each ...
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How can we avoid creating duplicate or conflicting functionality when working on an agile team?

I'm working in a team where each member is working on an user story. How can we avoid creating duplicate or conflicting functionality? For example, if my user story requires the creation of class A ...
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Team work and agile development

I think this question related not only to agile but to teamwork in general. When we are working in a team and each member is working a user story to complete how to avoid creation of duplicate ...
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How to let teammates know what changes I made to an object? [closed]

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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How to start team programming

I work in a small (7 developer) development team and we all work on our own projects. Some of the barriers to team work are the languages and platforms we work on (.NET vs mainframe RPG programming) ...
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As a Junior Software Engineer should I say that something has been done wrong if I feel so? [duplicate]

I recently joined a company and it is my first job. When reading the code base, I felt that the code was not well written. It seemed to me that the code had most of the problems mentioned here and ...
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How to stop the development spec from changing in mid development?

Problem: It seems with almost every development effort I'm involved in, no matter how much time is spent planning prior to starting development, there is always a large amount of changes required ...
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How to correct a junior, but encourage him to think for himself? [closed]

I am the lead of a small team where everyone has less than a year of software development experience. I wouldn't by any means call myself a software guru, but I have learned a few things in the few ...
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What you should do if your junior did not adopt your suggestion? [closed]

I am leading a team of 3-4 junior developers. My job-- besides writing code-- is to provide supervision and guidance for the juniors. But, I fully understand how much developers cherish autonomy in ...
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How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?

I have a strange situation at work, where a colleague of mine often asks me and other co-workers for working code. I would like to help him, but this constant request of trivial snippets interrupts ...
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How can I answer interview questions about developing in a team when I've always been a lone developer? [closed]

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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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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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 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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Avoiding “Smart Guy” Syndrome on Team Projects

A lot of bad practices were being committed at the beginning of a project, and I recognized them and fought against all of them. Since I didn't pick and choose my battles, my boss now assumes anything ...
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How do you code without offending?

What I mean by that is, how do you go about developing on a code base you share with developers who have been working on it for years and are very familiar with it? I don't want to step on anyones ...
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Alternatives to Professional Version Control [closed]

We're teaming up with some non programmers (writers) who need to contribute to one of our projects. Now they just don't like the idea of using Git (or anything for that matter) for version ...
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How can I convince cowboy programmers to use source control?

UPDATE I work on a small team of devs, 4 guys. They have all used source control. Most of them can't stand source control and instead choose not to use it. I strongly believe source control is a ...
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Should the developer be involved in setup of test data in QA and UAT environment?

When QA or UAT comes, should the developer still be involved in setting up data or finding test data for the QA tester or business user? Or will this introduce bias to the developer who coded the ...
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Who should train new programmers? Junior or senior programmers? [closed]

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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Should a programmer fix someone else's failed build? [closed]

One programmer committed some work to the SVN repository, then went home. After he left, the Hudson automatic build failed. Another programmer saw this, and after looking through the code changes, ...
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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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What could be some pitfalls in introducing a style guide and documentation generating software in a development team?

I'm considering using appledoc, a flavor of Doxygen for use in generating Objective-C code documentation, in order to create documentation for my company's iOS apps. The idea is that a server will ...
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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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Adapting to a team environment after developing alone for years

I have almost 5 years of experience as a web developer, and feel that I should be mid-level by now, but when I walk the walk I think I'm still pretty "junior" at it. Here's what I think is the ...
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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 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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Version Control Workflow (Subversion)

I've been learning how to use subversion and would just like someone to clarify whether or not my understanding is correct? Create a master repository at a given location (be it on a webserver or ...