A Career Cold Start Algorithm

3/2/2021 - 1 min read

Explains how to get up to speed in a team whose work was already well under way, by using a simple method:

The first step is to find someone on the team and ask for 30 minutes with them. In that meeting you have a simple agenda:

  • For the first 25 minutes: ask them to tell you everything they think you should know. Take copious notes.
  • For the next 3 minutes: ask about the biggest challenges the team has right now.
  • In the final 2 minutes: ask who else you should talk to. Write down every name they give you.

Repeat the above process for every name you’re given. Don’t stop until there are no new names.

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