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I'm not a team lead, so I haven't used that in practice. But, in my view a healthy contest is the way to go. Have your developers solve a challenge unrelated to work. Same challenge for all developers. Make sure you explain beforehand what makes a good solution (short functions, meaningful names, efficiency etc.). When everybody is done, vote for the ...


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Here's my thoughts on code reviews. Great idea in theory but you have to manage things carefully. Programmers are creative, egotistical & can be extremely thin skinned. An open team code review can all too easily turn into the Roman Colosseum. Coders can pick each other's work to pieces viciously and unproductively. Even if you do it one-on-one it ...


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There are a few things you can do for this situation. First, do what you can to have a rulebook to refer them to. In other words, when things like this come up, it's best to say, "Have a look at page 6 of the style guide." Or, "Here's a link to a website that will explain something I want you to know," and save that link for your library. As a tech lead, ...



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