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What is the most difficult task you ever had to overcome in your job?


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海云’s Answer

To be specific, the most difficult technical problems to me are:
1. non-reproducable, long run with unnoticable defects on production system.
2. design a new system that considering requirments from many stakeholders.

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Kader Jean Gustave’s Answer

Hello Rjay

I worked on a Interstate Construction long ago and because of weather and other difficulties we run out of time and have a deadline to deliver the project or face heavy penalties. I worked as a superintendent and spent 96 hours (4 days) without sleeping or resting until we finalized the project so the government of both Countries could maintained their meeting schedule with the European Union inspectors ( making sure the funds were really used to execute the project)


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海云’s Answer

Whether the task is difficult depends on my advantages and disadvantages. I met difficult tasks when I was an IC (individual contributer). I can build a device in 92 hours (with 4 hour sleep) within a 3 staffs team while only 2 of us can contribute. I can deliver a demo software in 4 weeks within a 7 staffs team, but 3 of them take whole month leave or quit, and the other 3 can only do their own job. I can successfully make it.

They were difficult. But noticing that the member was not capable to build the device before we enter the lab, or persuading the key QA not to quit at that moment, is much more tougher for me. May be I cannot make it for my life.

So what difficult for me may not be difficult for you. :-)

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Virginia’s Answer

I've had my share of jobs with very different focuses, and the common thing I found to be the most difficult was being able to work together with others (bosses, coworkers, customers/clients, subordinates, etc). Everyone has their own "drive," and not everyone is on the same boat, so to speak. Finding the right people that share the same energy has always been the biggest challenge, and also most rewarding.

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