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Making decisions in a bubble = 🤬

Making decisions in a bubble = 🤬

In the process of building our apps I received a private Slack message:

Why was the data dashboard built using React if our front-end stack is based on Ember? — a not very happy front-end engineer

  • 💀 I didn’t know we had added a new tool to our stack. 😳
  • 💀 Other team members who should’ve known about it, didn’t know either.
  • 💀 Someone made an important decision on behalf of our entire team, but the team wasn’t included in it.
  • 💀 No one, including myself, appreciated the surprise.


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The newbie tag enables psychological safety

The newbie tag enables psychological safety

As a team, we agreed that any comment or proposal tagged with [newbie] indicated that its author was coming from a vulnerable place. Whether motivated by lack of expertise, context or confidence, this tag allowed for us to make mistakes while knowing we were in an environment of ...


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Goals of an internal RFC

Goals of an internal RFC

We needed a way to make decisions as a team that would allow us to:

  • enable individual contributors to make decisions for systems they’re responsible for
  • allow domain experts to have input in decisions when they’re not directly involved in build...


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Participation in RFCs

If you see a low participation rate, you team members may be dealing with the following challenges:

  • 😵 They have too much going on.
  • 😱 They are not interested.
  • 🔨 Tools used for process management are not providing them great UX.
  • 🕰 They may need better personal...


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Trust issues become more evident

We’ve found RFCs increase visibility into who is making decisions in a system and has helped managers identify situations where trust issues are preventing ICs from making decisions.


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Deciding when to RFC is difficult

You should write an RFC if you:

  • are building something from scratch. New endpoint, component, system, library, application, etc.
  • the need rewrite has crossed your mind
  • will impact more than one system or other team members.
  • would like to define a contract or int...


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