I’m onboarding new engineers at Vori, and finally took some time to write a few ideas I’ve been kicking around and  sharing internally. I have per

Notes for new hires | Clinton Blackburn

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2024-07-07 20:30:07

I’m onboarding new engineers at Vori, and finally took some time to write a few ideas I’ve been kicking around and sharing internally. I have personally found these practices helpful over the past few years, and think others might, as well. This isn’t applicable to only junior engineers, or new hires (despite the title). I didn’t learn some of these lessons until I was eight years into my career as a tech lead at edX, or a couple years later at Stripe.

If you get stuck, see what you can figure out in 15-30 minutes (up to you to decide if you’re making progress). Ask for help if/when you hit a wall. I’d rather you interrupt me multiple times daily than be blocked for hours for fear of “bothering” me. My goal is to get you ramped up as quickly as possible, so I’ve already planned to spend more time mentoring you and less time on other work.

You’re here because we think you’re smart and can help us build a better product and team. You need to understand why decisions were made in the past so you can help us make better decisions in the future. You learn that by asking, “why?”…a lot. Hopefully, we have a good answer and explanation, but that may not always be the case. Sometimes, we simply needed to move quickly so incurred technical/organizational debt. We should be reducing the number of “that’s how we’ve always done it” answers over time.

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