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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 interface between clients or systems.
  • are adding a new dependency.
  • are adding or replacing languages or tools to the stack
  • are in doubt of whether you should write one

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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 theyโ€™re responsible for
  • allow domain experts to have input in decisions when theyโ€™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:

  • ๐Ÿ˜ต They have too much going on.
  • ๐Ÿ˜ฑ They are not interested.
  • ๐Ÿ”จ Tools used for process management are not providing them great UX.
  • ๐Ÿ•ฐ They may need better personal...

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Trust issues become more evident

Weโ€™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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Making decisions in a bubble = ๐Ÿคฌ

Making decisions in a bubble = ๐Ÿคฌ

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? โ€” a not very happy front-end engineer

  • ๐Ÿ’€ I didnโ€™t know we had added a new tool to our stack. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • ๐Ÿ’€ Othe...

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