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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

Good answers so far, but they don't cover all the bases. In my experience, many people fresh out of college have fantastic theoretical knowledge - far better than me or many other seniors with ...
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Dealing with non-reproducible bugs

It is obvious no project manager will invest an infinite amount of time into such a problem. They want to prevent the same situation happening again. To achieve this goal, even if one cannot find the ...
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Adding a new developer just before deadline is horrible. But what is not?

We have historically seen over and over again that there are two working and two non-working ways of combining the two fundamental constraints on software releases: dates and features. Fixed date, ...
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Is DRY the enemy of software project management?

You seem to assume the primary objective of project management is to produce exact estimates. This is not the case. The primary objective of project management is the same as for developers: To ...
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How do you develop software without acceptance criteria?

An iterative process will achieve this nicely, without detailed specifications. Simply create a sketchy prototype, ask for feedback from the customer, make changes based on the feedback, and repeat ...
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My client wants 25% of comments in my current project, how to react?

All the other answers and comments here really threw me for a loop, because they are so counter to my first reaction and so counter to the attitude I've witnessed in my coworkers. So I'd like to ...
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How can I avoid always feeling like if I completely rebuilt my program from scratch I'd do it much better?

This is a very common experience Most people I interact with, and I myself as well, feel like this. From what I can tell one reason for this is that you learn more about the domain and the tools you ...
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How to develop excellent software with agile methods?

The formal answer is you misunderstood agile, agile does not dictate requirements, stakeholders do. The core of agile is not to carve your requirements in stone but rather have them emerge as you go, ...
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My client wants 25% of comments in my current project, how to react?

The customer is king. So as contractor you shall meet whatever the client has defined as quality standard. Or you risk to be out. This being said, it matters very much how the (here poor) quality ...
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How to develop excellent software with agile methods?

There doesn't even seem to be a place for attractive qualities in agile. You are comparing apples and oranges. In traditional waterfall, if your requirements say you need the must-haves, you get a ...
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My project manager does not accept carry-over in Scrum - is that normal?

A few things stand out to me. The idea that management has that the team commits to a set of work is inconsistent with the latest versions of the Scrum Guide. The word "commit" or "commitment" is ...
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Should I record a bug that I discovered and patched?

It depends on who the audience of a bug report is. If it is only looked at internally by developers, to know what needs to be fixed, then don't bother. It's just noise at that point. Non-exhaustive ...
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Does Scrum create additional overhead for projects where requirements don't change?

I believe that it's a faulty assumption to say that there are projects where the requirements don't change. Having worked in both the defense industry and the pharmaceutical industry making software, ...
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Is there marginal benefit in fixing bugs

From a business perspective, a bug fix is no different than a feature request. It has a certain cost in development time, and it has a certain value for customers. If a bug is non-critical, it can ...
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Is having fixed delivery dates for elements an "Agile" way of working?

There's a difference between meeting the deadline and fulfilling all requirements. Its like the old adage "fast, good or cheap, pick two". So here you have fixed dates for delivery - that's good, it ...
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How do I make the case for expensive programmers?

I have first hand experience of both theories being tried out in the real world - in the same project actually. Before I arrived, the decision had been made to hire more expensive BAs and very cheap ...
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Getting buy-in for cleaner and more structured code

The 2 years of experience me was you, but more extreme. I'd always create interfaces for every class, I'd apply any design pattern where I was able to, I'd never inject any concrete implementation, ...
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How do you develop software without acceptance criteria?

If what you're saying is true and the spec is nowhere near good enough for you to even start (and you are being honest in this appraisal), I recommend this aproach: Read the sketches and the "sketchy"...
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Getting buy-in for cleaner and more structured code

TL;DR - You need Unit Testing Unit Testing is a phrase which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere else in this thread so far. (At least, from reading the original post I'd have been willing to bet that ...
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Should I record a bug that I discovered and patched?

I'd say, it depends whether your product was released with the bug or not. If it's released with the bug that you found, then yes, create a bug-report. Release cycles can often be long and you don't ...
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Can the Scrum method be used with only one person and only one 10 day Sprint?

In this case I would simplify to Kanban. Kanban simply has a backlog that you work off, so there is no need to organize work into sprints. It's best not to over-complicate things. Considering this ...
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Dealing with non-reproducible bugs

This is not a bug At least not on your code. It is a bug in your process. Your project manager should be a lot more worried about your process than your code. How do you deal with this? Quite ...
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Sufficient conditions for refactoring

Refactoring takes time. If not done well, it creates bugs that you need to fix. So it costs. You refactor when the benefits outweigh the cost of refactoring. There are good times for refactoring: one ...
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How can I avoid always feeling like if I completely rebuilt my program from scratch I'd do it much better?

Learn refactoring - the art of gradually improving code. We all learn all the time, so it is very common to realize that the code you have written yourself could be written in a better way. But you ...
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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

Yes but with a lot of care! Let me clarify that. You should strive to improve the habitability of the software. If you look at the code/team/business/project/management and your first response is to ...
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Is DRY the enemy of software project management?

You are right - copy-paste works great, and DRY has no point when your task is to produce a program for which either the copied template or the copy will not have to be maintained or evolved in the ...
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Is having fixed delivery dates for elements an "Agile" way of working?

No. This is the exact sort of things that non-software companies tend to do. There are plans, and deadlines, and budgets. And it will inevitably fail, since humans suck at predicting the future. Let'...
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Is Scrum incompatible with public tenders?

Scrum is probably not appropriate for this organization. From the Scrum Guide, "Scrum is a framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products." It's also designed for a team of 3-9 ...
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My project manager does not accept carry-over in Scrum - is that normal?

The situation that you describe, where management requires that the team works overtime to complete all planned stories, is one of the reasons why the Scrum literature has stopped using the term "...
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How to develop excellent software with agile methods?

However, all agile processes I know strongly favor must-be requirements. These always get the highest priority. As they should - look at your Kano model again: if the must-be requirements are not ...
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