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Questions tagged [team-leader]

Many software projects are too large for a single developer to complete in a reasonable amount of time. The team leader is a developer who guides the programmers into getting the job done.

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How to lead a team full of junior developers? [closed]

Currently I'm leading a team of 4 developers, all of them started their careers 5-6 months ago. I can consider ourselves lucky, as we've been assigned to a greenfield project, it's completely up to us ...
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How to planning tasks with junior developers? [closed]

As I am only senior developer in team, Others are juniors who not strong to write clean code and architect. Problem is the during sprint planning, It took very hard time for me to lead technical ...
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What is a helpful mindset when conducting a formal code review

Our team has recently started conducting code reviews against each checkin. As the team lead I'm trying to find a balance between providing too many suggestions, annoying developers and decreasing ...
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How to deal with low or medium dev team level?

In our team we have some low / medium level developers: they know how to write C#/JavaScript code, but most of it is an anemic domain model in a purely functionnal way of coding, but there are no unit ...
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How to deal with 'almost good' code from a junior developer? [closed]

I got a question about team managing. Right now I'm dealing with a junior developer who's working remotely from a coding factory. The guy is open to criticism and willing to learn, but I got some ...
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How should I weigh the cost of rapidly testing for customer signal versus proper upfront design?

I have two engineers with very different development styles. Engineer A prefers a high degree of upfront planning and designing, considerations for all possible options with pros/cons mapped out. ...
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What to do with a development team that is starving? [closed]

It sucks being on the critical path as normal developer, especially if you're late. When you're the senior developer, that the team is looking to for leadership, it's even worse. When work for ...
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Remote teams: How to build a shared understanding of codebase & architecture?

Situation: There's a remote team of 6 developers in 4 different countries. It uses CI, version control, Slack and has a weekly status call. They do code reviews on each pull request (always same ...
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How to gradually introduce code reviews?

I'm lead on a team with a half-dozen senior engineers. I very much believe it would benefit us greatly to do code reviews for all the standard reasons. Not necessarily every change but at least a ...
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As a tech team lead, how should I handle team members' coding mistakes and bad practices? [duplicate]

I'm a tech team leader on a team of about 5 developers. The team size is somewhat dynamic as team members periodically leave for other projects and others join the team from other projects. ...
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How do you start a development project with limited knowledge of the domain and programming language? [closed]

I am being offered to be a technical lead on a new upcoming project in my company. I have limited knowledge related to this project's domain as well as limited training in the programming language (C#)...
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How to break up a programming project into tasks for other developers? [closed]

I have recently joined a development project and was suddenly given the job of lead developer. My primary responsibility is to break up the programming part of the project into tasks, give these tasks ...
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What is the role of the lead developer in an agile team?

In a non-agile development team a lead developer generally: Sets the standard (coding and otherwise) Researches new technologies for the team Sets the technical direction for the team Has the final ...
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What would you do to improve the working of a small Development team? [closed]

My company is having a reshuffle and I'm applying for my boss' job as he's moved up the ladder. The new role would give me a chance to move our development team into the 21st century and I'd like to ...
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Managing p/t consultants like Open Source contributors?

I just assumed tech lead for a project which has had a problem with its very part-time (maybe 2-5 hours / week) contractors: submitting code that brings down the production app, pull requests that ...
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Pair Programming/Collaboration in a small company

I work at a small development company as the lead developer. We have two other developers, as well as my boss who is a developer, but doesn't really do much of the actual coding anymore. The problem ...
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Effective team meetings

I'm a team leader of a team of 8 programmers in a company of about 20 technical people. They're working on a range of projects, these projects also involve people from other teams that are outside of ...
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Impact of ending contract with know-ins-and-outs lead developer of a project [duplicate]

I have a long time running project. Its been running for about 6 months. The project is very big. The lead developer/team leader designed the project and the whole project is in his brain. He knows ...
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What skills should I cultivate to become a development/technical lead? [closed]

I am currently a professional programmer. I want to expand my skillset, but I also want to make the career jump to being a dev lead as part of a team. I know there's got to be a lot to learn (and this ...
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Engineering interview candidate refuses to use whiteboard [duplicate]

Today I experienced a first in a technical interview. The candidate refused to use the whiteboard to solve an algorithm question, as I requested. There was no sort of disability at play or anything (...
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How to deal with a Team Lead who dislikes Extreme Programming?

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_programming Extreme Programming is a software development methodology which is intended to improve software quality and responsiveness to changing customer ...
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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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When to write Unit Tests : Is there any or list of terms to take right decision [closed]

To write Unit Tests we have to write extra bits of code. For several projects we do Unit Tests and for several projects we do not. As a Team Leader I face trouble to make the right decision. Is ...
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How to create high quality code producing teams? (as a group leader)

I come with a clear agenda on how to code correctly. I used to be a team leader, and I managed using significant amount of mentoring to create a team that creates high quality code. Now I have 3 ...
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How to tell whether your programmers are under-performing? [closed]

I am a team lead with 5+ developers. I have a developer (let's call him A) who is a good programmer, who writes good clean, easy to understand code. However he is somewhat difficult to manage, and ...
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Leadership does not see value in standard process for machine configuration and new developer orientation

About 3 months ago our lead web developer and designer(same person) left the company, greener pastures was the reason for leaving. Good for them I say. My problem is that his department was completely ...
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What makes for a good architect/manager/lead developer?

I am the Lead Developer for a small software company. Over the past two years, my team has grown from one developer (me) to a group of about nine people. Most of us are very capable, senior engineers (...
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Lead Programmer definition clarification [closed]

I have been working on PHP and MySQL based web application for more than 5 years now. I started my career as an Intern, and worked my way up through Jr Developer and Software Developer to Sr. Software ...
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How to convince management that I can lead a team? [closed]

I am a developer working with small organization from last two years. I have completed some successful projects and organization believe on my technical skill. Now I get nominated for Team leader ...
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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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Does a team of developers need a manager?

Background: I'm currently part of a team of four: 1 manager, 1 senior developer and 2 developers. We do a range of bespoke in-house systems / projects (e.g. 6-8 weeks) for an organisation of around ...
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Is hiring a “chief intern” a good idea? [closed]

I'm starting an internship program for our software department and I was wondering about creating a position ("chief intern", intern supervisor, or whatever one should call it) with the following ...
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Developer to team leader [duplicate]

How much experience is considered enough for a developer to become a team leader? For IT managment what is the measure to check if the current team member is good enough to become a team leader (...
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How to correct a junior, but encourage him to think for himself? [closed]

I am the lead of a small team where everyone has less than a year of software development experience. I wouldn't by any means call myself a software guru, but I have learned a few things in the few ...
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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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How to teach basic principles to programmers [closed]

In order to get experience as a team lead, I was recently given the task of supervising a programmer. What I found out is that he is having a problem in writing a simple if condition. He has issues ...
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How to convert a copy/paste/spaghetti programmer to see the light?

This question was inspired by this one. While that other question was deemed localized, I believe the underlying problem is something that is extremely common in our industry. I know there are some ...
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As the team leader/manager, what kind of role should I seek when we switch to Scrum? [closed]

My company wants to start using Scrum, and in real scrum there is no place for a real team leader (manager). What is the next step for the dev team leader? Should I be a (chief) system architect/tech ...
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How can I progress from a software developer to a software manager or team leader? [closed]

I've been a software developer (whether part time or full time) for almost 3 years. I've always been the type of person to have that knack for taking a lead on things, and providing the organization ...
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How clean should new code be? [duplicate]

I'm the lead designer in our team, which means I'm responsible for the quality of the code; functionality, maintainability and readability. How clean should I require my team members' code to be if ...
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can a team lead's work ever be done working remotely

I am currently a software developer. As a next milestone in my career I am thinking I must establish myself as team leader which leads a small development team in order to meet deliverables, ...
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On what basis would you split donation money among your open source team members without any strife? [closed]

I am a developer of an open source project which is hosted in SourceForge. It started out as a little app then after some releases, it got more and more popular and it started consuming more time and ...
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Will you consider a Software Team Lead position with previous employer

Say you left your previous employer about 3.5 years ago to pursue a growth opportunity, my primary motivation for moving. If a position currently opens up in that same company today for a Software ...
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How to deal with potential enterpreneur developer in a IT startup [closed]

In a software startup, how can we deal with the main developers/programmers of the company who are good at design and communication, and also have entrepreneurial skills? How do we get them work for ...
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How to deal with Project Leader who doesn't involve himself in project in any way? [closed]

Our division is a small offshore development-only unit (not more than 25 members) but we develop many projects. Our main focus is development. Developers are grouped under Project Leaders, and they in ...
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What recommendations can you give in managing a team of remote software engineers? [duplicate]

I am a Web application developer who also is responsible for project managing some projects, I sometimes have to manage remote developers, who work for me under a contract basis. I feel that sometimes ...
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Options for a lead programmer who prefers programming to leading? [closed]

At the beginning of this year I was promoted to a lead developer role after our team's lead developer moved to a different department. I have about 5 years of job experience and due to availability ...
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New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer [closed]

I've been told that I am to be a team lead of an upcoming project. I've not ever been team lead before but the responsibilities are what you would typically expect, with revolving door of 3 to 4 other ...
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Making the move to team leading [closed]

I'm looking for some examples of experiences from people who have made the move from programmer to team leader. I'm kind of wanting to know the reasons why people have done it. Specifically, these are ...
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What are the three most important questions you should ask your team about your performance as their team leader?

I'm approaching the 1 year mark as a leader of a small development team (4 members, including myself) inside of a small software company. I'd like to give my team the opportunity to evaluate how I am ...