What Works at Work

A list of things that have worked better for me at work than other things.

Worked Did Not
Working in a room with my team worked. Being in an open office or in cubicles/offices did not
Working on sticky notes and whiteboards worked. Using a complex digital tool did not.
Working all on-site together worked. Working with portions of the team remotely did not.
Enabling developer collaboration worked. Forcing people to collaborate did not.
Enabling pair programming worked. Forcing people to pair on everything did not.
Testing users to understand the problem worked. Assuming the problem or testing for the sake of testing did not.
Working on small iterations of code worked. Thousand-line pull requests did not.