Questions tagged [communication]

Questions surrounding communications between programmers and the others involved in software development. This can include stakeholders, management, end users, designers, testers, and other developers.

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What do I do when my team leader is breaking my database schema with a release coming up?

My team leader has this terrible habit of mucking with the database schema, and making changes that would cause severe breakage on the code base (without really consulting me on how the changes would ...
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Dissidence between program leader and me, what should I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tackle a boss who thinks everybody in this world is wrong except him? I've been an MMORPG programmer for two years. I have some experiences on limited platforms like ...
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Communication between teams in the same company

In our company we have 3 teams working on different software. The level they are working on is very diverse from 8/16 bit microcontroller in C , via 32bit arm on C++ under winCE to PC software ...
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At what point should developers become involved in a triangular relationship among the client, the design agency, and the developers themselves?

Imagine that there is a project to be completed. This project involves three parties: client, a development organisation (a one that you work for), and a design agency. The design agency is a ...
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How to improve my email communication

Paraphrase of an email I sent to a colleague I noticed a problem with System A. I have determined that it is not caused by X. I suspect that it is being caused by Y. (since you are in ...
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What techniques should be used to ensure clear communication from the customer?

Some customers use terms from the domain language interchangably and incorrectly. This has, on several occassions, lead to an implementation of a feature in a way that was not desired by the customer. ...
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Working code and user needs [closed]

Programmers, like myself, often is too worried about if their code is really going to work, rather than how to communicate with the users. Scared of throwing an exception at the user, we test with ...
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Mimic the functionality of Urban Airship

My boss wants a feature that "mimics" the functionality of Urban Airship... in two weeks. What can I say to him?
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Ideas to talk about during “expectation setting talk” with my new software team lead?

I'm moving to a new company, with a new team lead. I find that this is a great time to set our mutual expectations from each other, to help us both start the role on the right foot. Do you have ideas ...
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improving IM communication skills

I am an email person, but found that at my new job, co-workers use IM a lot. I have to admit that I have been largely ignoring the IM/SMS as a way of communication by thinking it is only for teenagers....
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How to for non-programmer : formulate web-programming requirements

How to for non-programmer : formulate web-programming requirements for designing a website by a third party how to ask and what to ask Example : I want to hire someone to design or implement any ...
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How to communicate with a co-worker that considers frameworks a performance hit

How can one sell an idea like "we should use jQuery because its highly optimized and cross browser compatible" or "entity framework is cool because its neat and takes care of our model automagically" ...
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Best (worst) logically impossible task assigned to you? [closed]

What was a project or spec that got put on your desk that could not possibly be done? How did you explain the dilemma to the "requester"? More importantly, did they understand after you explained the ...
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Generic Content Player?

The general idea on the web appears to be that video/audio are to be separated with plain text. By separated, I mean you have a place that plays video/audio and a place that you read text. This is ...
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Requirment Analysis Communication

Someday s ago we was discussing about the current project, and suddenly sir and my senior started talking about the new feature to add in the project , and i become lost :). i was not able to find how ...
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Interacting with clients using project management systems

I work in web development, that involves a lot of smaller custom projects rather than one large product. Requirements and specifications are always coming from outside the company. We've setup a ...
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Is Emailing waste of time in Dev Teams

I know its not strictly related to what people ask here but I have to ask this anyway. Isn't having long conversations/discussions over emails reduce one's productivity. I have joined this new ...
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Use of underscores and earmuffs [closed]

I have seen underscores and earmuffs (like _good_ or *good*) frequently used in conversations among programmers. All I know is that underscores are used to denote private variables or methods in ...
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How do you keep emails short but complete? [closed]

I'm the odd kind of developer that likes writing and explaining - emails, specs, you name it. I enjoy helping people understand things deeply. I hate ping-pong communications where groups go through ...
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How much credit do you take when you used plugins etc.? [closed]

I often develop an application entirely myself. But did I really? I feel strange about that claim and never know when that is true. I mean I designed it, coded it, but I used XYZ plug-in. Can I still ...

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