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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 do you go about training a replacement? [closed]

I recently asked about leaving a position and got a lot of great answers. One of the common threads was that being around to train the new person would be expected and could go a long way. Now ...
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Advice for solo programmer whose team will expand in the near future [closed]

For 4 years now, I've been the solo developer for a small company. We have a handful of well establish products in a niche industry. We will be hiring 1-2 developers soon, and that will likely change ...
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If my team has low skill, should I lower the skill of my code? [closed]

For example, there is a common snippet in JS to get a default value: function f(x) { x = x || 'default_value'; } This kind of snippet is not easily understood by all the members of my team, ...
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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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What should junior developer expect from their senior team lead [closed]

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. I work for a small company, in which few people are developers, others are QA/Test and 1 is ...
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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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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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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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“Too object-oriented”

I come from a strong OO background, and I have recently started working in an organization which, although the code is written in Java, has a lot less emphasis on good OO design than what I am used ...
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How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?

One of my team members consistently avoids making comments in his code. His code is not self-documenting, and other programmers have a difficult time understanding his code. I have asked him ...
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Bounty points for fixing bugs? [closed]

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 ...
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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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What's with the aversion to documentation in the industry?

There seems to be an aversion to writing even the most basic documentation. Our project READMEs are relatively bare. There aren't even updated lists of dependencies in the docs. Is there something ...
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Emotional attachment to code [closed]

As an employee of a company, when you write code do you feel like you have an attachment to it? Do you feel that you have some ownership of the code? Or do you write it completely detached from it ...
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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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Should managers prohibit programmers from using IM in office? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would you allow your programmers to use Messenger and social networks like Facebook? A manager may believe that using IM clients in the office is not acceptable, but ...
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Dilemma of QA vs. iterations

In my company, we successfully working with agile practices - but without using iterations. The main reason is that we can't find a clean way to fit in QA in an iteration cycle. We understand QA as ...
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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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Collaborative work (small team) - Best practices [closed]

I'm currently working in a very small team of programmers (2-3) and I'm looking for advices/best practices on how to organise our work. We're all working on the same application using PHP. Today we're ...
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Study a project to be able to maintain it in future [closed]

I've joined as a fresher (trainee) a software company developing for Windows Store. I don't know much about C#. My company has started Windows Store development recently. They didn't do .Net ...
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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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How do I deal with a slow and undedicated colleague in the team? [closed]

I have been working on a new project. The project works like this: The end user can access a webapp using a link and he can add multiple systems on his network and manage that particular systems ...
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21answers
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How would you react if someone told you your code is a mess?

I am a good programmer, or so I thought before. I always love to program. And I want to learn many things about programming to make me a better programmer. I studied programming for 1 year and now I ...
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8answers
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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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What should I do to leave a job professionally? [duplicate]

Given that the current employer knows and has been given appropriate notice ahead of time, how can a programmer make a clean job transition from his old job? What things should the programer consider? ...
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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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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 to deal with the “programming blowhard”? [closed]

So I'm sure everyone has run into this person at one point or another, someone catches wind of your project or idea and initially shows some interest. You get to talking about some of your methods and ...
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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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Dealing with co-workers who do not have a consistent coding style?

What do you when you're working with someone who tends to write stylistically bad code? The code I'm talking about is usually technically correct, reasonably structured, and may even be ...
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10answers
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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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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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Rolling your own Hackathon [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Dealing with co-workers in a stressful work environment [closed]

Our department has been hit by some layoffs over the past year and we're running a skeleton crew. They got rid of most of our support staff. The remaining team members would rather worry about what ...
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Too complex/too many objects?

I know that this will be a difficult question to answer without context, but hopefully there are at least some good guidelines to share on this. The questions are at the bottom if you want to skip the ...
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I hate one of our coding standards and it drives me insane, how to process it? [closed]

Disclaimer: Not as exaggerated as the title suggests, but it still makes me uncomfortable. I'm just going to express honestly, so take it with a grain of salt. Just pretend that I'm talking about that ...
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5answers
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Generate a productive environment when developers have different opinions

My question is simple. I'm a developer and work with another developer who's been here for many more years than I have. He has his opinion about implementing stuff; he's more of a do it yourself kind ...
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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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Way in over my head! (Dealing with better programmers) [closed]

I've just been hired as a member of a group that is developing in C++. For the last 11 years, I'd been coding on and off at my last job (some C, some Fortran, some C++). The coding I'd done was ...
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After years of working alone, other developers will finally see my (buggy) code. What should I do? [duplicate]

I have been working on a system alone for about four years. I have built it from the ground up. It is not a perfect system. It is very complex, it is buggy, and the business is now becoming aware of ...
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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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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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Should Junior Programmers be involved as code reviewers in the projects of Senior Programmers?

One of my team members, a junior programmer, has impressive programming skills for his level of experience. And during code reviews, I believe in emphasizing learning, not pointing out mistakes. ...
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Why are a seemingly disproportionate amount of programmers just, well, not nice? [closed]

Maybe it's just my personal experience, but I associate with varying different groups and types of people and it seems to me that an oddly large percentage of programmers I have encountered are "not ...
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How to create a “cult of quality” [closed]

DeMarco and Lister (Peopleware) suggest you create a "cult of quality" within your programming team. Frustratingly, they don't suggest how you go about doing that! Anyone got any thoughts on how to ...