Questions about working together with co-workers or a team.

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How to review code that you do not understand?

I have been given the role to improve development in our company. The first thing I wanted to start was code reviews since that has never been done here before. There are 3 programmers in our ...
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5answers
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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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6answers
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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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4answers
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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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6answers
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Fostering a time period where everyone can try any ideas to make software run faster?

Sometimes software performance tricks are found from a methodological and thorough search. Sometimes it requires divergent thinking and courage to try crazy ideas. Sometimes an idea is just the ...
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5answers
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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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1answer
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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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14answers
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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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2answers
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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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5answers
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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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16answers
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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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3answers
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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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12answers
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Are programmers tied to their code?

Assuming you are working for a company or in a team of developers, is the code bound to the person who did it? When someone develops a particular functionality or an area of the application, is this ...
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4answers
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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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12answers
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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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6answers
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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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4answers
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Guide developers to not forget their obligations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers? How do you motivate peers to become better developers? Aside developer's tasks, there are minor stuff that ...
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8answers
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Too many seniors in one team?

Can having too many senior programmers in one team turn out to be a bad thing? Having like say, 4-5 senior programmers in a team of 6-7 people. What is the optimal number/ratio in these kind of ...
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5answers
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Release cycle as a game

I thinking about how increase developer's commitment to release and create release cycle as a game for more fun in office. Current suggestions Building tower from bricks Climbing on some ...
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4answers
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How to pick a great working team? [closed]

I've just finished my master and I'm starting to dig into the laboral world, i.e. learning how programming teams and technology companies work in the real world. I'm starting to design the idea of my ...
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4answers
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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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8answers
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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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8answers
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How do you convince coworkers/stakeholders to try new technologies?

I've got a coworker/manager/stakeholder who is very conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies. I completely understand why: we have a lot of internal expertise with Java, MySQL/Postgres, ...
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9answers
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How to say effectively to a manager that you missed the 'deadline' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I cannot reach my deadline. What to do? My manager is a very deadline specific person. Even though I am a trainee, he insists on a deadline for every small assignment ...
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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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3answers
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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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16answers
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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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4answers
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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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3answers
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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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5answers
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What to say to your boss if they want you to use a global variable

I am currently 4 months into an internship, and when reviewing my code, my boss didn't like that I had kept a specific object local to a number of methods across a few separate classes within one ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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What teamwork methods can be learned without being in a team?

I've worked in team-based environments most of my career, but not as a programmer. (I am trained as a musician/composer.) I'm becoming aware of programming specific team-based concepts, though--slowly ...
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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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3answers
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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 ...
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4answers
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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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2answers
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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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7answers
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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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5answers
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How important is working with a team?

I am about to graduate from college with a Masters in computer science. I have a couple of offers that I am considering and to me, the biggest difference between the two jobs comes down to one thing - ...
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5answers
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Composition of a dev team

I'm in a team of fifteen people and the team is in transition after a few changes of management. The current line of management is pushing for an agile approach to developing software but without ...
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2answers
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Dealing with multiple business requirement streams without compromising team size

A business has five discrete streams of business requirements to be implemented in software. There is a team of ten developers. A "naiive" organisational solution is to split the team into five ...
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3answers
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Best 3 people development team organization?

A developer of my company was promoted to a new possition that practically manages us developers, and he assigned to 3 people in our team(including me) some big proyects done in Java/Delphi/.NET, the ...
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7answers
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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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10answers
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What is the best way to discuss/plan/negotiate about code architecture remotely?

Our team is distributed in space and time, so we have no ability to discuss the architecture of the code in real time. How can we discuss it via documentation: write code interfaces/ comment/ modify, ...
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3answers
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What is the difference between bug and new feature in terms of segregation of responsibilities?

We are planing to introduce Help Desk and Support Desk in our project. Our current development team would be divided into two smaller teams: Support Desk and Development team. Support Desk would be ...
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5answers
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How do I help a team member be more confident?

I have two team members who come from backgrounds that differ from what they're currently being asked to do: how can we encourage them to step up, develop their skills, and learn the new ways?
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4answers
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Tips for developing with a remote team? [closed]

My company has corporate offices around the country and I have been hired under contract to work in one office while the rest of my team works in another. We are in the same time zone, but definitely ...
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10answers
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Helping a new programmer become more self-proficient and not ask me so much?

I'm currently working on a project with a new programmer. How do I help him speed up his work? He often asks me questions, and I pair programmed with him in backbone.js (a part of the project). Now I ...
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2answers
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3rd party hosted solution for project management & source control?

I am looking for a SAAS solution that offers project management, time tracking, invoicing and file sharing (to share with clients) as well as source control, work item management and team management ...