It’s been two weeks already?
So far I’ve loved every minute of it, its been interesting as much as educational.
What i’ve learned as of yet:
Sprint meetings make complete sense and work,
Agile – learn it, use it, be one with it.
Having a team of good UX’ers to talk over issues with is bloody GREAT for all
Node.js is actually pretty decent – but tough to learn
Having a great back-end developer to work with is the best thing for a front end developer
Working with people who care about the product makes work seem important (which is a great feeling)
Fraud is a bigger problem than I thought.
Sprint meetings – heard of them?
If not, you should – i’ve worked in industries and agencies where the need to have meetings is either far to often or not at all – both with pluses and negatives, one leads to a hate for meetings that just go on and on (which usually end up discussing a totally different matter all together), and the other means everyone isn’t in the knowledge loop.
The purpose of a sprint meeting is “the sprint”, 15 minutes max, no more than 8-10 people attending, and you have a quick de-brief of what happened yesterday and what will be happening today. Allowing people to stay in the loop of where you are and then almost working as an accountability.
The best bit? You can say if there is a “blocker” or not – which, if you work agile correctly means there should be no “bottlenecks”.
Agile – read, action and please do it!
This is my favourite bit of HMRC / DWP (aside from the new desks), every month there is a meeting where its for UX-ers, we get to discuss the latest and greatest in a meeting exclusively for designers / UX-ers and front end devs / content designers. Like minded people getting together, sharing tips, stories and methods – what isn’t there to like?
Be best buds with the back end developer
I’ve said this often, become one with the back end developer you work with – talk through everything, ask everything, eat together. They are the gatekeeper to the project and you’ve the key master, so makes sense you work together doesn’t it?
Everywhere I go, I befriend the developer instantly – finding common ground (easy stuff, most of them are the friendly people), and the one I’m working with now is no different – she is friendly, fun and incredibly bright – which I love. She shares her methods, reasoning and never seems to mind when I ask the silly q’s.
She has certainly made my life smoother and less stressful, which is always the worry when you join a new team.
Fraud and Error team
I cant speak for the rest of DWP in this case, but working with Fraud and Errors team has shown me people caring about work again, in the past i’ve worked with 9-5 workers, and thats it, they are only thinking about those hours and nothing ahead. In this team, they are planning and planning and thinking about the user:
“how can we make it better?”
“how can we make it easier?”
“how can we improve our process?”
Sounds great doesn’t it? It is.