Related to factors around an employer's place of business. May involve cubicles, co-workers or bosses often.

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How seriously should a programmer take a 'star performer' award? [closed]

I work at a medium sized software corp. in India (abt 6,500 employees). This company has a star performer policy; basically they select a person from each "grade" every quarter and give her the ...
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How can be get sure that we're not implementing micromanagement in the field of software development?

As I got the feedback of developers about scrum methodology in this question, on whether it turns active developers into passive developers or not, I encountered the word micromanagement. However, ...
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How do I transition from a large enterprise to a small startup?

I am shortly going to move from a large, multinational, enterprise software house to a start up where I will be the only full time developer. I've worked in start ups and in companies where there have ...
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Should organizations penalize developers for the amount of defect reports filed against code they worked on? [duplicate]

Should organizations penalize developers for defect reports filed against their work products? I was having a discussion with my friend where he asks if a manager taking the number of defects filed ...
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How to get manager to get me favorable projects [closed]

For some odd ball reason, my manager is giving me grunt work which no one wants to do. Currently he is working on a Flex/AS project, which I have previous experience with and he does not, but is ...
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How do I convince my boss to use REST over SOAP? [duplicate]

We need to create an API to our system. How do I convince my boss that REST is a better option than SOAP (or XML-RPC)? I say REST is... easier to implement and maintain not much new to learn -- ...
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My company won't let me listen to music anymore [closed]

I began programming at the age of 14 and over a decade has gone by, during this time, a day hasn't gone by when I don't listen to music, radio or podcasts. When I'm programming at home or in work, I ...
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What can I do about multiple coworkers who constantly question my knowledge?

At my current job, I have coworkers who still throw interview questions at me even though I've been working there for 6 months. I though it would end after I got hired but then it continued on and on. ...
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Programming at Home vs Programming at Workplace [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros and Cons of working Remotely/from Home I want to know which type of programming have better performance rate? Programming at home or programming at workplace?
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What's the difference between working at a software company and a company whose focus is in another field? [closed]

Recently, I was approached by a local ad agency with a job opportunity. They are bringing all web/interactive development in-house and adding to their development team. I'm growing sick of my cushy, ...
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My manager hates documentation in our large project. What should I do?

I am working in a small team on a large complex software project. I want to document all requirements, but I've been told by my manager that it is waste of time. I have tried the same with design ...
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How much time do you / is acceptable to waste? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much of your time at work is actually devoted to working? I will shamefully admit that I waste a pretty significant amount of time at work. I will define "waste" as ...
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If I finish one project, should I wait until the next day to start another one or begin right away? [closed]

There are some days where I feel like I get a lot done. I've finished deploying my most recent project and cleared everything from my TODO list, and still have some time left in my day. I DO have a ...
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How to measure an IT workplace? [closed]

During an interview, usually the interviewee is the one being measured. However I believe as an interviewee we should also question the measurement of the IT company that we applied for, but how? I ...
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How to work with new director with different ideals?

Background Over the past 2 years, we have built us a decent team of developers. The CEO of the company and myself have been working closing to make sure we are moving done a good path. As our ...
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Career Prospects: Women at Management positions in Software [closed]

I was wondering if women working as software developers often face more positive/negative bias in IT than in other fields? The only reason I ask this question is because personally I have noticed ...
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Completing a project successfully despite hostile management? [closed]

I work for a subsidiary of a large world wide company. This was not a subsidiary from the beginning, it was a company bought by the larger company. We seem to be heading toward a death march and I'm ...
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Dealing with under performing co-worker [closed]

I'm going to try to keep this topic as generic as I can so the question isn't closed as too specific or whatever. Anyway, let's get to it. I currently work on a somewhat small project with 15-20 ...
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Is it more difficult to maintain moral ethics in IT industry..? [closed]

is it more difficult to maintain moral ethics in IT industry? or it is just that this industry has its own code of conduct?. I have another profile with karmas close to a thousand. This posting is ...
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Does anyone work 10 hours shifts as a developer? [closed]

I would like to switch from a 5 day week to a 4 day, but maintain a 40 hour working week. Would the 10 hour days affect your ability to be productive? I hate our public transit system so if I could ...
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Slow developer machines - approach with vmware good?

we are using slow developer notebooks. They come equipped with vista and 2 gb rams, which slows down everything. Someone decided a good resolution would be to use vmware clients instead of faster pc ...
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How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code? [duplicate]

My boss came to me today to ask me if we could implement a certain feature in 1.5 days. I had a look at it and told him that 2 to 3 days would be more realistic. He then asked me: "And what if we do ...
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How can one find software development work that involves directly the final end user?

I've worked in software development for 15 years and, while there have been signficant personal achievements and a lot of experience, I've always felt detached from the man/woman-on-the-street, the ...
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Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do you know it's time to move on from your current job? Problem: I had no prior experience when I interviewed, so I didn't know exactly what to ask them about ...
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How to transfer teams to an Agile programming methodology

My group has recently grown in size with the addition of several teams from different projects. We work using an Agile programming methodology: 2 week sprints, deliverable every sprint, 2-3 pushes to ...
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Chess as a team building exercise for software developers

The last place I worked wasn't a particularly great place and there were more than a few nights where we were working late into the evening trying to meet our sprints. The team while stressed out got ...
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What are some good questions (and good/bad answers) to ask at an interview to gauge the competency of the company/team? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What questions do you ask about a company before deciding to work there? I'm already familiar with the Joel Test, but it's been my experience that some of the questions ...
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What are the pressures of being a software engineer? [closed]

I am thinking about a career in software engineering, but before I look for work I wanted to get an idea of what to expect particularly with pressure. This will be my first programming job (so I am ...
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Is there certain payoffs between working for a company in the IT industry, and working for the IT department of a company in some other industry? [closed]

I am a software engineering student and am in the process of making some career choices. I need to understand what the major differences are in the above two scenario. Anyone with experience of both, ...
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How to research a company to work at [closed]

I have been made an offer at a company. How do I research it to find if its somewhere I would like to work, besides asking them questions? Google search gives little results.
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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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Anyone code at a treadmill desk? [closed]

have been thinking about getting a treadmill desk for awhile now but I just don't know if it is possible to code at one. I can see doing a normal computer job while walking very slow but I just don't ...
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I've taken a job where there is no work to do! [closed]

This is related to the (closed) question New job - not got any work to do. I'm a week and a half into a brand new job and despite asking for work to do I keep being brushed off. The set-up here is ...
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34answers
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How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?

Recently, I started my first job as a junior developer and I have a more senior developer in charge of mentoring me in this small company. However, there are several times when he would give me advice ...
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How to handle workload in a better way

I am a fresher working in a software company. I am working on a project all alone. Though I studied CS, I dont seem to grasp things (concepts, code, etc.) easily. Most of what I read is ...
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Does Salary mean being On-Call 24/7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: "Overtime is part of the job" true but a bad attitude? I develop web services and production systems, but I don't recall signing anything when I was hired that ...
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How to give the sense of a team that is fragmented based on projects? [closed]

The software engineering team of which I am part of is approximately 7 strong located in adjacent cubicles. 3 of us work on the same project but the rest are working on their own on different ...
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What stressors do programmers encounter on the job, and how do you deal with them? [closed]

Learning to manage stress is vital to staying healthy while working at any job. A necessary subtask is learning to recognize and limit the sources of stress. But, in the midst of the daily grind, it ...
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If you use multiple computers, how do you sync everything? [closed]

I have like 4 or 5 computers now, and I need a better system for syncing everything. I use git and github a lot to sync my files for programming projects, but then there are databases, .bash_profile ...
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How much pressure should programmers be under? [closed]

I have been blessed with an amazing workplace and my colleagues are really understanding.. However this is my first programming "gig" and i know some people aren't so lucky, Especially those who run ...
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How is leaving on time perceived in software companies? [closed]

What are the consequences of leaving work on time in software companies? What's the professional way to deal with this? [Editorial addition] The question is about working standard hours and not ...
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Are long hours and no benefits the norm for a junior programmer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asked to put in extra hours I am currently in the final 6 months or less of a project scheduled to be a year long. Currently I am facing really tight deadlines for our ...
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Recommendations on running Visual Studio inside a VMWare VDI environment?

Does anyone have experience running Visual Studio inside a VDI environment? Would you recommend it? Would you advise against it? Our Background Our department is one of the few in the ...
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Can you choose your tools or do you take what you get?

I often see questions about what tools to use for a particular problem, or suggesting that one tool is preferable over another, and that it says something about the quality of the programmer who uses ...
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How can you distinguish a good consulting firm from a body shop?

It seems to me that most consulting firms do little more than match resumes to positions, typically with insightful criteria such as "X years experience in technologies Y and Z." But there are also ...
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When should a junior not be helping a senior?

What do you do when the person you’re helping is your senior, do you continue to help them? I've seen this happen at a previous job. A senior developer lost touch and was having trouble with the ...
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Can you get in trouble using programming forums or Q&As at work?

Can you get in trouble using programming forums at work? I'd like to know when it is an acceptable practice and how much is too much when it's going to using StackOverflow, or Programmers.SE, for ...
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How many programmers makes a company small / medium sized / large?

I am a freelancer so I really don't know what you guys put behind the words when you say "working in a small company is X different compared to a medium sized one, and Y to a large company". Could you ...
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Best way to deal with a system without a user acceptance / testing phase

Historically I've been able to get away with making small changes to an in-house helpdesk system riding on a LAMP stack and just making a backup prior to editing. This has no user acceptance / ...
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Is HDTV good as a programmer's monitor? [closed]

I'm wondering if someone has any experience with programming on an HDTV. I'm trying to decide between dual pc monitor vs one big HDTV, like 32" (or maybe even dual hdtv). The nice thing about hdtv is ...