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Who do you listen to most when making decisions about software development?

Survey period: 19 Sep 2022 to 26 Sep 2022

OptionVotes% 
The person who controls whether you get paid418.72
Your team lead, or other senior developer408.51
Your team members (or member)265.53
Other developers (online or in person)153.19
The Product manager183.83
The marketing team00.00
The architect91.91
The users398.30
No one but myself8518.09
Depends on the situation19741.91



 
GeneralUsers? Pin
Roger Wright22-Sep-22 10:48
professionalRoger Wright22-Sep-22 10:48 
GeneralProduct Manager* Pin
den2k8822-Sep-22 3:51
professionalden2k8822-Sep-22 3:51 
GeneralMarketing?!!! Pin
  Forogar  21-Sep-22 8:48
professional  Forogar  21-Sep-22 8:48 
GeneralSME (subject matter expert) Pin
Doug Domeny21-Sep-22 4:14
professionalDoug Domeny21-Sep-22 4:14 
GeneralGetting them to talk Pin
trønderen20-Sep-22 19:29
trønderen20-Sep-22 19:29 
One major problem that has plagued me for all my professional life: How to get anyone, whoever they might be, to give any decent feedback at all. It is like when you send out any document for comments on the technical contents: Two thirds of the reactions span from spelling mistakes to unintended double space characters.

You propose an API, and they bring up a long discussion about the names of the formal parameters. You have used a GUI prototyping system for presenting a functional demo, and the main feedback is that the boxes should have rounded corners. Things like that.

That is if you get them to say anything at all. It really is difficult to get any significant input at all, something that matters, in specific questions. General rules are no problem ("In method xxx you are not honoring our company indentation rules" or "Our company's software should follow ISO standards so-and-so"), but essentially, those are things that neither team members, managers nor marketing people need to see my specific code, those specific decisions I have to make. They are all general, specific-decision-independent statements.

If you are lucky, you get a chance to present your alternatives to actual users, and to explain to then the consequences of choosing A rather than B. Then you might get some decent response. But very few of us get at real chance to meet users at that level, and given the freedom to ask for their input. (I am obviously talking about non-technical users - not the kind of software and users where you can ask them to generate a pull request with the proposed changes.)
Generalmost of the above Pin
JudyL_MD20-Sep-22 9:44
JudyL_MD20-Sep-22 9:44 
GeneralListen to all but make the decision myself Pin
Greg Utas20-Sep-22 6:47
mveGreg Utas20-Sep-22 6:47 
GeneralDon't forget Pin
agolddog20-Sep-22 5:24
agolddog20-Sep-22 5:24 
GeneralShould've Been Checkboxes Pin
Matt Bond20-Sep-22 4:24
Matt Bond20-Sep-22 4:24 
GeneralRe: Should've Been Checkboxes Pin
PeteMcNamee20-Sep-22 6:42
PeteMcNamee20-Sep-22 6:42 
GeneralUnprecise question! Pin
Member 1409260520-Sep-22 4:03
Member 1409260520-Sep-22 4:03 
GeneralA book: The Design of Everyday Things Pin
Cpichols20-Sep-22 2:28
Cpichols20-Sep-22 2:28 
GeneralDepends... Pin
Daniel Pfeffer19-Sep-22 9:13
professionalDaniel Pfeffer19-Sep-22 9:13 
GeneralRe: Depends... Pin
Ralf Quint20-Sep-22 8:08
Ralf Quint20-Sep-22 8:08 
GeneralRe: Depends... Pin
Daniel Pfeffer20-Sep-22 8:19
professionalDaniel Pfeffer20-Sep-22 8:19 
GeneralRe: Depends... Pin
Ralf Quint20-Sep-22 10:07
Ralf Quint20-Sep-22 10:07 
GeneralRe: Depends... Pin
jsrjsr20-Sep-22 14:15
professionaljsrjsr20-Sep-22 14:15 
GeneralRe: Depends... Pin
trønderen20-Sep-22 19:00
trønderen20-Sep-22 19:00 
GeneralFOSS Pin
trønderen19-Sep-22 8:05
trønderen19-Sep-22 8:05 
GeneralRe: FOSS Pin
den2k8822-Sep-22 3:47
professionalden2k8822-Sep-22 3:47 
GeneralNormally myself Pin
Zach Burnett19-Sep-22 7:46
Zach Burnett19-Sep-22 7:46 
Generalmost of these but ultimately the person who pays me gets the biggest vote in my brain Pin
rnbergren19-Sep-22 3:51
rnbergren19-Sep-22 3:51 
GeneralSeveral of the above Pin
Gary Wheeler19-Sep-22 3:05
Gary Wheeler19-Sep-22 3:05 
Generalit depends Pin
Nelek19-Sep-22 1:55
protectorNelek19-Sep-22 1:55 
GeneralNo one but myself Pin
CPallini18-Sep-22 21:56
mveCPallini18-Sep-22 21:56 

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