Questions tagged [teamwork]

Questions about working together with co-workers or a team. (Teamwork questions are at risk of being "put on hold as off-topic" for being about career advice or education.)

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Etiquette / Leadership / Sharing Best Practices - How much should I try to influence?

I recently joined another team part time where I kinda know several of the people, and they know me for my design work mostly, but I'll be doing design and some development with them. There's a lot of ...
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Best way to keep development and testing in synch

We have 1 frontend developer and 2 backend developers and 1 QA. QA is responsible for writing the end-to-end tests using Cypress. FE developer writes the unit tests. Backend developers write the unit ...
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Apply Agile to the letter [closed]

I often see Agile methodologies applied to the letter, some project managers use dogmas and do not question them. Can we say that Agile is first of all flexibility of application and freedom of ...
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First time teamwork (PHP): version control and continuous integration?

A colleague and I are going to be working together on a single project for the first time. This raises a few technical questions for me. Like how. I think a version control system is a must now, if it ...
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Code review patterns for multiple teams working on a single product

We're scaling out development on a single product from a single team to multiple teams. What are the patterns to ensure coding style, patterns and technology is used consistently? Is there one person ...
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Why is the term "bug" very negative to some? [closed]

Our software user interface was originally written in another language. Some of the English translations are poor. When I raised one of these as a bug, the manager got angry with something like "...
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My Boss Wants Fancier Methods [closed]

I work in a young (< 3 year-old, <15 employees) startup. Our core data product is a recommendation engine. One of my primary responsibilities is to prototype the recommendation engine. Because ...
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How to effectively work with teammates whose fixes to bugs cause more bugs? [closed]

Everyone creates bugs, including me and my teammates. When bugs are pointed out to them, they're friendly and try to fix the bug. But their fix is 'wrong' and just creates a more subtle bug. Usually ...
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What is the most effective way to explain code in a code review using a pull request?

I work for a small company with only three programmers (including myself). Our workflow is: We write the code; We create a pull request on Github; We ask for code review; We merge the pull request. ...
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How can I tactfully point out that a colleague's work is bad? [closed]

As my first job, I joined a startup with a small number of developers. I mainly work with this one other person -- let's call him Paul for now. We are the only two devs on our team. He joined the ...
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What are the challenges when scaling a dev team from one to two?

I work for a small-medium sized startup with a development team of 20 people and a very strong engineering culture. Engineering itself is split into smaller sub-teams and I am the only person ...
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Explaining why a code's modifier should also be its committer [closed]

The context of this question is the early stage of introducing a VCS into an academic setting consisting of non-SW-engineers, largely unaware of modern best practices related to coding as a team. At ...
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Un-ticketed work, how much is too much?

We work in scrum teams with a product owner who is responsible for the backlog and prioritisation of that backlog. Recently the topic of un-ticketed work came up, developers for one of the ...
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How to harness the chaos within the development team?

I'm a rather experienced software developer. I worked with many teams and projects throughout my career so far. The recent two projects, however, challenged me in an unusual way. Namely: they were ...
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How to ensure that developers see only the project modules they are working on?

This is my first time PM experience. I have created a developer team and we want to work on an Angular-NodeJS project. I have defined some tasks and divided the project into the different modules/...
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Combining development and support departments

I'm the manager of a reasonably small sized development department with 13 developers, 5 testers/QA, and 2 UX-designers. The support is split into two parts "Customer service" (CS) and "technical ...
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How do you normalize coding style among multiple isolated developers?

We're a small/medium sized company with a dozen or so software developers, developing our own in-house software for in-house use. Given that there's so few of us and there's just so much work to be ...
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How to prevent CI/CD process from being suspended while big changes happen?

This is more of a procedure and maybe a philosophical problem. The development team I am in is divided into Scrum teams or Squads that work on the same product. Occasionally, either one of these ...
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Level of detail of a refined user story in SCRUM

The main subject of my question are the user stories, after they have been put in the backlog, discussed, refined and ready to be put into the upcoming Sprint. Do they have to list all the possible ...
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Git strategy for separate teams in one project without access to eachother source

We have one project and separate teams which work on separate modules. What we need is a strategy that allows our teams to work on one project but without access to each other source codes. one ...
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Separation of responsibilities in different project areas

When I'm saying "area" I usually mean some relatively large unit or service, which is a part of a whole product, i.e. API service, location service, warehouse service, etc. Context: a project with 20+...
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Are pre-commit or pre-push hooks that run lint and unit test scripts worth it? [closed]

I guess the argument for pre-commit hooks that lint and run unit tests would be that every single commit is clean. The argument against them is that they take a lot of time to run, which can add up ...
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Splitting up a big project for several teams by git

We have a big angular project that works with several APIs provided by other projects. This project has a common part that is shared by all. It includes smaller sections dedicated to different teams ...
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How To Get A Junior Developer To Stop Bikeshedding [closed]

I'm having an issue with a junior developer bikeshedding PRs. They are the primary approver for one repository. Things that should be up for an hour or minutes on PR spend days sometimes with back-and-...
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What part of development should a software designer do? [closed]

My manager recently promoted me to "software designer". I am not aware that this title exists. As far as I know SAs creates high level code design and do diagrams. I have a hard time understanding ...
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How to be a good team member and push the team towards new paradigms and technologies at the same time.

I am pretty new within our Scrum team. (Round about 4 months) Whenever I suggest some paradigm like "DevOps" or technology like "Kubernetes" to solve issues I am criticised at least from a part of the ...
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Managing git repository

I don't know if I am over-complicating stuffs but here is our setup. 3 Code hosting servers (QA, Stage, and Production) 3 main git Branches (dev, stage and master) for respective servers 10-15 ...
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A simple GIT workflow for tiny team

I've just joined a project that a developper has been working on solo for 15 years. This is the first time he's had someone collaborate on a project. I've just convinced him we need version control on ...
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Working on issue that relies on changing code

I work in a small team making software, we run pretty close to scrum, tickets and sprints, and use git. I however work in a different timezone, so communication can be a bit disjointed, though ...
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How to make the working habits/personality traits of a team more transparent? [closed]

We are a recently formed team of 4 developers, some of them new to the company, some of them assembled from other, disbanded teams. I would like to know my team members better, how they "tick", how ...
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Easily exclude commits on a merge based on some condition

My eyes are destroyed. I am using a screen reader. We are using git as our version control system on our project. We host our own server and use ssh to access it. We put each module under separate ...
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How should "useful throwaway" scripts be handled?

You know how it goes: there is some small repetitive task for which you found a way to quickly automate 95% of the work. You create a script, run it, manually fix the output, and you're done. Of ...
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How to deal with a not-yet-implemented method that will be done by a co-programmer?

This is a question about how to work in teams. Recently I worked on my first larger (~80 classes, Java) programming project with a team of 6 people, though only 4 of us were continously working on ...
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How to handle a TODO in a pull request?

When I review the changes in a pull request, I sometimes stumble upon a comment with a "TODO" note which may be there for different reasons, in our case mostly because of: the solution used to solve ...
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Shall I use low quality insecure software if I'm asked to?

I work for a finance startup managing the technical stuff. The COO decided to create a new web site using a contract developer and the owner of the company paid for it ($9k). I'm asked to use the new ...
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Contributions of a problematic team member to an open source project [closed]

I'm currently coordinating the development of a software for a certain scientific computational task. The developers are all working on the project on a voluntary basis. Our goal is to publish the ...
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How to co-ordinate separate product teams without lumbering everybody with excess process and meetings?

About a year ago we started on the journey of slowly breaking apart our legacy E-commerce platform and replacing it with smaller rewritten services. We now have several teams each focusing on separate ...
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Where should I place a license?

I'm creating a site for commercial needs, for myself or for sales. In them, I'll use the Laravel framework. Laravel is licensed under the MIT license. The MIT license tells to me: The above ...
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PM opting for an overly-complex setup which nobody has experience with [closed]

Recently I started a project which didn't seem too hard to make, the concept was a fairly simple application that had to accept input every now and then (maybe 10x a day), and try to perform some ...
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What strategy to better articulate myself when summarising technical details

I am required to speak at daily stand ups, change review and architect reference group meetings. I usually find that I speak too quickly, include too much or not enough details, or go back and forth ...
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Where and when do design, architecture activities take place in Scrum

The traditional Waterfall lifecycle includes a specific phase for design and planning. In Scrum there is no big up front design. A small amount of design to conducted when breaking down features into ...
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Is artificial complexity commonplace the larger a company or community gets?

It always seemed normal to me that the larger a company gets the less amount of work is put by its employees into making the company profitable. There are obviously no clear marks for this, but I ...
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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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Am I too 'clever' to be readable by Jr. devs? Too much functional programming in my JS? [closed]

I'm a Sr. front-end dev, coding in Babel ES6. Part of our app makes an API call, and based on the data model we get back from the API call, certain forms need to be filled out. Those forms are ...
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Trying to teach a high school student Dynamic Memory Allocation - what are the best ways to do so?

Copied from stack overflow due to feedback So I want to teach someone how to do dynamic memory allocation using the block padding model. What that means is every memory block is prefixed and ...
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What are the strategies on a large software program (200 engineers) to get people to fix environments when people are measured on features?

I work on a large software program in financial services. (15 project managers, 20 technical leads, 15 environments, 150 people on the technical side). We do lots of Bankwide integration to hundreds ...
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How does a sole developer answer the 'knowledge transfer' question?

I am a sole developer responding to a Request for Quote. The project is significant, and will take me more than 6 months to complete, (if I am the successful bidder). One of the questions that I ...
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How can wrapping an expression as a function be Clean Code?

Another programmer just started working in our team and submitted a patch. What required was to have something that compares and check a couple of conditions and set a property based on the outcome. ...
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Fighting (perceived) overengineering vs going with the flow [closed]

I joined a team which has a different approach to design from mine. I believe in YAGNI approach to design. For example, if a method (interface, class) is unused, it has to be removed. That's it. ...
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Team collaboration with limited access to the entire project?

We have a following scenario where a team A develops a large Visual Studion asp.net MVC project and uses github as a version control tool. In case team A needs an outside help completing a part of ...

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