Inspired by Cassie Robinson’s article, here’s a manual for working with me. It’s very much a work in progress.
Conditions I like to work in
- I like a quiet area with minimal interruptions.
- Flow is important to me. If required, I’ll schedule my own flow time so I can get stuck in to my work.
- I like to have my own desk space with enough room for my 15” laptop and a 27” monitor side-by-side.
- I’m a bit claustrophobic. Having space is important to me.
The times/hours I like to work
- I like to have flexible hours if the project allows. Staying in touch with friends and family in Australia often requires mid-morning calls.
- I like to get started no later than 10:00 AM. This starting time can vary, depending on the situation. When working from home, this can be as early as 8:00 AM.
- I like to take a break somewhere between midday and 2:00 PM.
The best ways to communicate with me
- When I’m not in flow, I’m happy for you to interrupt me.
- I like to collaborate asynchronously (e.g. via a series of thoughtful Slack messages) or at a scheduled time.
- Slack is the best way to get my attention. I might not see and respond to your message immediately, but I will see it and respond when my flow allows.
- I’m not great at keeping track of emails—messages can easily get lost there.
The ways I like to receive feedback
- I love receiving feedback! Even when it’s not good.
- I appreciate honest, direct feedback.
- I prefer to have difficult conversations face-to-face.
Things I need
- I’m a very social person. Spending time with my colleagues in a non-work environment is important to me.
Things I struggle with
- I get meeting fatigue pretty easily. If a meeting runs for more than an hour, my attention will wane.
Things I love
- Hearing feedback from users of the things I build.
- Being social with my colleagues.
Other things to know about me
- I’m a bit anxious and claustrophobic.
- I can be a bit particular about coffee, beer, and music.