You were just given permission to hire an underling, and today’s their first day reporting to you.
What’s the first thing you warn them about?
I asked on Twitter, and the replies were great:
Don't be afraid to fail. Fail as much as you want, as long as you learn in the process and don't make the same mistakes often It's all a part of getting better. Also, it's never the compiler, it's always DNS.
— Stefán Jökull Sigurðarson – CCP Ghostrider (@stebets) September 1, 2020
Don’t do a directive without understanding why.
— Chris Lumnah (@lumnah) September 2, 2020
Chris and I had a followup discussion because I was curious to hear if he meant “do” to mean accept one, give one, or both. He meant both, and I agree. Plus, if you understand why, you’ll do a better job of executing the task and handling any surprises that come up during execution.
Be confident in your ability to undo what you just did before you do what you just did.
— cdenker (@cdenker) September 2, 2020
Documentation may lie, comments may lie, the code speaks the truth but it is sometimes hard to understand. ?
— Philipp Stiefel (@philivc) September 1, 2020
I’d extend that to include, “The data model speaks the truth, but the data often lies.”
Don't be afraid to ask for help and don't be afraid to ask questions…but you better damn well have googled the question and check at least 5 links/articles because if I google it and the answer is the first link you're getting smacked.
— Scott Emick (@semick) September 1, 2020
Under-communicating. Always tell the team what you’re doing even if you think you made a mistake. We’ll evaluate and fix it together.
— Richard L. Dawson (@rl_Dawson) September 1, 2020
Technical Debt. So much technical debt.
— Matt ??? (@p1anetmatt) September 1, 2020
Never stop learning
Everything shiny, eventually fades – keep steady
No one knows everything, so don't feel small
— Saurabh Nandu (@saurabhnandu) September 1, 2020
The coffee here sucks !
— Paresh Motiwala (@pareshmotiwala) September 1, 2020
"Don't let me do your work"
— Adam B (@AdamB_) September 1, 2020
I love that last one because it teaches the underling to take over as much as they can. It’s heartwarmingly encouraging, and we should all be that way to our underlings.
Y’all have such great advice that you deserve underlings.