This pattern refers to the work behavior of repeatedly working privately🔏 and hoarding all work in progress to deliver one giant pull request at the end of the sprint.
The more an individual saves up their work, the less they collaborate with others.
Working alone is inherently riskier than working with others.😟
Submitting work all at once can lead to lower quality code — both from:
―𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫’s standpoint (𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑑𝑖𝑑𝑛’𝑡 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑟 𝑛𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑝𝑠), and
―𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐫’s perspective (𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑦 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑒𝑤 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑑𝑒).
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐢𝐭
Large and infrequent commits can be a sign that the engineer is working privately until their project is finished,
and then submitting their work all at once.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨
Above all else, be compassionate.🤗
Odds are, you’ve recognized this pattern right before or just after the end of a sprint,
so these engineers are likely tired, stressed, and worn out.😩
Make sure they get the time and space they need to recover from delivering such a big payload.
This can be great timing for an impromptu and informal 1:1.🗣
Bring up the topic of team collaboration, and how saving work until it’s completed leaves little room for learning from others throughout the process. 💡