If there is any skill I wish I could teach, it would be how to effectively ask questions. I lose so much motivation in the round trips of "sorry, what is this about?" and "but what are you trying to do?" and "is there a reason why you're specifically doing it this way?". Give context. Give basic rationale. "this isn't working" isn't a question.


Of the 10 or so engineers I'm supporting, only one of them routinely comes to me with enough information that I can help without further clarifying communication. Unfortunately, that engineer is one that really needs me the least.

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@ironiridis I used to supervise a team of 16 (in the soft skill arena of childcare). And it was always the one who needs the least amount of help who asks for input the most. I decided to workshop that individual's issues (with their approval) because other people heard how they asked and eventually they all problem solved together.

However, in a remote environment that would be so hard to do. So I guess I am just here to commiserate and say I'm sure you're doing great!

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