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ISE Engineering Fundamentals Playbook

An engineer working for a ISE project...

  • Has responsibilities to their team – mentor, coach, and lead.
  • Knows their playbook. Follows their playbook. Fixes their playbook if it is broken. If they find a better playbook, they copy it. If somebody could use their playbook, they share it.
  • Leads by example. Models the behaviors we desire both interpersonally and technically.
  • Strives to understand how their work fits into a broader context and ensures the outcome.

This is our playbook. All contributions are welcome! Please feel free to submit a pull request to get involved.

Why Have A Playbook

  • To increase overall efficiency for team members and the whole team in general.
  • To reduce the number of mistakes and avoid common pitfalls.
  • To strive to be better engineers and learn from other people's shared experience.

"The" Checklist

If you do nothing else follow the Engineering Fundamentals Checklist!

Structure of a Sprint

The structure of a sprint is a breakdown of the sections of the playbook according to the structure of an Agile sprint.

General Guidance

  • Keep the code quality bar high.
  • Value quality and precision over ‘getting things done’.
  • Work diligently on the one important thing.
  • As a distributed team take time to share context via wiki, teams and backlog items.
  • Make the simple thing work now. Build fewer features today, but ensure they work amazingly. Then add more features tomorrow.
  • Avoid adding scope to a backlog item, instead add a new backlog item.
  • Our goal is to ship incremental customer value.
  • Keep backlog item details up to date to communicate the state of things with the rest of your team.
  • Report product issues found and provide clear and repeatable engineering feedback!
  • We all own our code and each one of us has an obligation to make all parts of the solution great.

Engineering Fundamentals

Fundamentals for Specific Technology Areas


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