I’m here to talk about the Census engineering tradition that is “Question of the Day”, and why we spend so much time every day doing it.
Question of the Day started about a year ago. Our engineering team was growing quickly and expanding across 4 timezones (s/o to Alex in Halifax!). What started as a quick getting-to-know-you activity on one of our engineering teams soon proved to be popular on a more regular basis.
Anyone on the team can propose a question for the day, and then every teammate gives an answer. We usually popcorn around the Zoom room (i.e. when you take your turn, you randomly pick the next person to go), which helps alleviate the pressure of “Omg when am I going to volunteer my answer, should I go now or wait…awkward silence…”
Our favorite questions are generally the ones that result in sharing stories or hot takes passions. For instance, “What’s your favorite scent?” is a low stakes way to learn about memories or places that bring each other joy. Today we learned that our PM Will used to work in Budapest early in his career, since his fav scent is still Maison Margiela Jazz Club. Similarly, we spent 10 minutes going through our manager Ian’s Facebook page of hand drawn comics after he responded “comic book artist” to “What would you be doing if you weren’t in this career?”. And who could forget the time front-end wizard, Speed, theatrically stormed out of the room quit the Zoom meeting after learning I hadn’t seen Die Hard (”Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?”). For added fun to really get to know your coworkers, try a Show and Tell question, like “Show us your Youtube feed”.