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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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Which metric/list should be used to evaluate whole software development team?

The title might be seem vague, so let me tell you a little bit history what i am trying to clarify question. I have been hired as a consultant for a corporate's small development division. The ...
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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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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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Given a project and working with 1 other person - never worked with someone before [closed]

I'm taking a class where I work with a partner to implement the link layer of the OSI model. I've worked programmed with a partner once before and it went bad. Is the goal to divide the work up and ...
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Good Practices for development team in large projects

Since I started learning C a few years ago, I have never been a part of a team that worked on a project. I am very interested to know what are the best practices for writing large projects in C. One ...
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How do I tell a senior programmer that I disagree with him [closed]

I am a new programmer at my office. I just entered this workplace for about 2 months. I've been working with another senior programmer which is essentially my "mentor" during the introductory ...
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Is a code review which uses only code comments a good idea?

Preconditions Team uses DVCS IDE supports comments parsing (like TODO and etc.) Tools like CodeCollaborator are expensive for budget Tools like gerrit are too complex for install or not usable ...
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I have an MIS degree. How do I sell myself as a programmer? [closed]

So, I graduated with a BSBA in Management Information Systems with honors almost 2 years ago which is more of a business degree. As of right now, I do have a job title of "Programmer", but it's more ...
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Reuse the data CRUD methods in data access layer, but they are updated too quickly

I agree that we should put CRUD methods in a data access layer, However, in my current project I have some issues. It is a legacy system, and there are quite a lot CRUD methods in some concrete ...
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4answers
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Introducing a (new) test method to a team [closed]

A couple of months ago I was hired in a new job. (I'm fresh out of my Masters in software engineering) The company mainly consists of ERP consultants, but I was hired in their fairly small web ...
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9answers
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Dealing with Fanboys [closed]

We've all probably met someone like this, that developer who just knows that his language is the one true language and won't shut up about it. How do you deal like someone like this? I don't want to ...
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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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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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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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4answers
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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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5answers
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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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5answers
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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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2answers
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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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code cowboy on the team

How do you deal with a team member who is senior to you and always jumps on other people's projects and completes them over night or over the weekend? She seems to work 80 hour weeks whether there is ...
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4answers
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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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When a co-worker asks you to teach him what you know, do you share the information or keep it to yourself? [closed]

I am the only developer/DBA in a small IT department. There is another guy who can do it, but he's more of a backup as he spends his time working on IT support stuff. Anyway we have a new hire and ...
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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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12answers
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How many developers before continuous integration becomes effective for us?

There is an overhead associated with continuous integration, e.g., set up, re-training, awareness activities, stoppage to fix "bugs" that turn out to be data issues, enforced separation of concerns ...
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Making an internship most effective, useful and fun for both parties [closed]

We're currently interviewing few candidates for an internship, which is a really new experience for us as a company and for me personally as a team lead/manager. What would be the most effective and ...
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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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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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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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6answers
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How to explain the value of unit testing

I want to introduce the concept of unit tests (and testing in general) to my co-workers; right now there are no tests at all and things are tested by actually performing the tasks via the UI to see ...
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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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9answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
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A scrum team for tiny projects [closed]

I have been wondering if it would be smart to form a single scrum team for several tiny projects. I am aware that it would be very hard to state a single sprint goal, if a team is working on several ...
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Is software development a field suitable for people who have unconventional methods of solving problems? [closed]

I tend to think very independently, often coming up with unconventional, sometimes unorthodox, ways of solving problems. I do not like to listen to authority, such as having to write code a certain ...
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10answers
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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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2answers
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If most of team can't follow the architecture, what do you do?

I'm working on a greenfields project with two other developers. We're all contractors, and myself and one other just started working on the project while the orginal one has been doing most of the ...
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6answers
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What do you do if you've had a series of bad employers? [closed]

So I've had a series of really bad experiences and am wondering what I'm doing wrong. I started out as a part time programmer at a major university. I developed a problem with my wrist and asked ...
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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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8answers
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What are the three most important questions you should ask your team about your performance as their team leader?

I'm approaching the 1 year mark as a leader of a small development team (4 members, including myself) inside of a small software company. I'd like to give my team the opportunity to evaluate how I am ...
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How does one become a leader in a team of programmers? [duplicate]

What skills, knowledge and talents should a junior programmer aim to obtain in order to be qualified to become a team leader?
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Leading a not-so-good team

How would you manage if you are allocated a team of 5 with, say, 4 incompetent programmers and you are asked to lead? Obviously you can't code for the 4 guys (you can, but that is not a good idea. At ...
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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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3answers
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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 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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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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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 ...