is it bad to ask seniors or manager to seek some advice on code?

Dec 3, 2019 19 Comments

I joined amazon Alexa team and realized It could be better for me to ask some help for general structure to someone in the team. People are nice but little worried about Leadership principle whenever I try to ask for some help(don't get me wrong, I ask questions a lot but still feel this way..)

Is it bad or giving disappointment to seniors if I ask them some tip?(any preferred/recommended method for me to understand how is the code working for our packages?)

How do you guys understand such as this large code base when you newly join? Do you debug or Sys.out all classes and functions and run ? I heard general workflow but every seniors are saying a little bit differently!

Please help this poor sde1!


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TOP 19 Comments
  • It would help to learn to speak english. They probably aren’t understanding you
    Dec 3, 2019 7
    • Docker / Eng nyancat321
      Yea I don’t understand op. It could hurt your career growth if you can’t get your point out: 1. Fast, 2. Accurately or concisely.
      Dec 4, 2019
    • AT&T MsdR32
      I actually agree with bad advise quite strongly. English Grammer rules (even just conversational ones) are different than other languages and don't really follow many rules. It might be worth watching some sitcoms and actually paying very close attention to how they speak.

      That's not a perfect example, but it's easy and accessible, and hopefully entertaining. You could try watching with subtitles and read the subtitles out loud.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Microsoft iamletired
    It is an EXTREMELY bad look if a junior new hire doesn't ask questions.
    Dec 3, 2019 4
    • Docker / Eng nyancat321
      Dec 4, 2019
    • Docker / Eng nyancat321
      ... and just when I thought @knightPar was being a jerk 😏
      Dec 4, 2019
  • If you have any more new hires, just ask for toi for “new people” in the team.
    Dec 3, 2019 2
    • Amazon newHire
      What is toi? I heard we are still hiring though
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Transfer of information
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Try on your own atleast 10 times before asking for help. That usually helps
    Dec 3, 2019 1
    • Amazon newHire
      Do you recommend any specific methods?
      Dec 3, 2019
  • Amazon knightPar
    Have a short meeting with some experienced engineer who also speaks your native language.

    I’ve had several Chinese colleagues speak to each other in Chinese and no one has issues as long as you’re able to help each other progress.

    Just make sure you provide good communication in English for your scrum updates, & other meetings :)
    Dec 3, 2019 0


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