Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
Whether you're a new hire or taking on a new job, here's some principles, patterns and practices to be more effective. They're lessons learned from the school of hard knocks and they represent some of the proven practices that have worked for others and have stood the test of time. This is a limited, but prioritized list (I gave myself a 20 minute window.) I'll drill into areas in upcoming weeks, depending on where there's interest.
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These seem general great tips rather than specifics for new hires.
For new hires off the top of my head I'd think of these:
- Record your outsider and first impressions - soon you will be 'indoctrinated' and assimilated into your new team's culture; the external perspective can be valuable and actionable if you know it
- Find a Buddy - get someone in your team to be your go-to person for uncategorized stuff
- Know your fog of war - there is a scope beyond which you can't see when you join. The more you interact with others the more it gets pushed away - so when you start don't assume you know everything your team, org, division,company does, and be curious about finding out.
- Own something - no matter how small, having accountability for results right away will force lots of interactions that you can't get in any 'rampup' process, so get on stage
Your feed is really excellent.
This is great, but too much for new hires, who are drinking from the firehose.
I also would like to disagree with Ed--knowing what to own as a new employee is tough, and if you own something small, it will color things. I had a very good experience being free to wallow in some problems, and look broadly at how to solve them. If I'd owned something, it would have been very different. I'd have focused on nailing it quickly.
Patterns and Practices for New Hires from J.D. Meier's Blog has really good advise on this: Whether you're
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