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When to Ask for Help

Recorded:
March 30, 2021
Released:
March 31, 2021
Modified:
May 20, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss asking for help. Even though it sounds simple, asking for help can be an anxiety-inducing activity because you don't want to bother your fellow co-workers, or be called out for not doing enough research if you ask on an online forum. There can also be hesitation to ask because you want to solve your problem yourself, but sometimes you're just way too stuck to go it alone.

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Show Notes

What is HTML All The Things

HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.

What's This One About?

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss asking for help. Even though it sounds simple, asking for help can be an anxiety-inducing activity because you don't want to bother your fellow co-workers, or be called out for not doing enough research if you ask on an online forum. There can also be hesitation to ask because you want to solve your problem yourself, but sometimes you're just way too stuck to go it alone.

Show Notes

3:50 - Introduction

5:00 - When to ask questions for junior developers

9:00 - Don't disturb someone in a deep work state

17:55 - Communication skills have broken down

27:30 - Asking questions the right way

29:50 - Toxicity in the online community

35:00 - Where to ask more complex questions (and why it's not stack overflow)

40:10 - When to ask questions for intermediate developers

46:30 - When to ask questions for senior developers

54:30 - How to ask the questions

58:35 - Onboarding techniques that can help developers ramp up quickly

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the process of finding answers. When you ask a question try not only get the answer but the process that the person used to find the answer
  • Learning when your coworkers are in their deep work state will make it easier for you to figure out when to ask questions
  • Before asking a question, document what you've already done to try to solve the issue

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