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What are some of your favourite/least favourite things about your job? How does it compare to experiences you’ve had before?

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My favourite things about my job:

  1. Being able to help fix things for other developers. I'm a fixer at heart. I prefer 'brownfield' projects to 'greenfield' ones. I like watering and maintaining an garden, more than starting a new one. In a lot of product teams I have worked on in the past, new features were always being planned and I really wanted to spend more time fixing the existing features.

  2. I get to work from home a lot. It's done wonders for my productivity. I have previously never had a job where I can work from home.

Least favourite thing:

  1. I miss deep work a lot. I don't always have the time to sit down and work on one thing for continual periods of time, like I did in my previous roles on product teams. My team collectively runs a lot of events and schedules a lot of content. At this point, the developer community will benefit more from me working on documentation improvements, open source bug fixes, and 'how to get started' blog posts. It casts a wider net and gets people unstuck.

I'll be looking at prioritising some deep work in the coming months to get a better balance though! I feel lucky that I am trusted to find the right balance for both myself and the developer community I am of service to.