When joining a new software development team, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the information you need or know who to reach out to for help. In this Tech in 2, Principal Consultant Rich Butcher shares three tips to help you hit the ground running, so you can get to know the product more quickly.
People are joining teams all the time and they don’t always know where things are, where to go for things or what to do. There’s always a challenge with finding information up front and getting to know the product quicker. Here are three things that can help you figure that out.
It’s important to review the documentation just to learn about the product and get to know what it does and what it’s supposed to do. If documentation doesn’t exist, write some! That’ll always help the next person in line. New hires will always welcome as much information as you can get.
Get to know the existing product. Get to know what it does and how it works. Go through some test procedures and talk with your QA Department to see what they have available, just to see what the requirements are and what’s expected of the product to make it run.
Always ask questions. If you don’t know something, ask. There’s always going to be a subject matter expert on your team that should know the answer and if they don’t know the answer they can find somebody out there to get it for you. The benefits are just to get on board faster because the faster you get to know the product, the faster you can get on board and start working towards providing a solution. That’ll also help new hires coming on board after you as well.
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