You’re on a team where there’s not a lot of work coming through. Maybe the team is a small one, maybe there’s only maintenance going on for the moment, maybe the features are massive and you’re waiting for the avalanche of work to fall upon you. How do you provide value to the team in visible ways during these quiet times?
What I tend to do is:
- Try to figure out the ‘invisible’ bits of the process, or workflow, or automation, or things like that. The bits that we know aren’t great but don’t have time to brainspace to look into
- Try to improve my knowledge and then share with the team. Standups are great for this, or you can organise lunch and learns or quick sessions of what you’ve learnt
- Talk to lesser involved team members about their needs and wants. Support staff, editorial staff, marketing staff, all these kind of folk may have incredibly useful insights that can be taken back to the team!
I use to be in an agency so having a lot of time is unusual for me, and its taken a lot of time to get used to not testing all the time, so I’m always on the hunt for other ways to be a valuable team member.
Anyone else have any favourite activities for when it’s not crunch time?