Collaborate and listen.

Champion good ideas.

It’s one of LivingSocial’s company values and it’s what I’m here to do today. The idea? Creating the kind of environment where your team is comfortable asking questions & thinking out loud.

I can hear you asking: but what does that mean!?

For us in Engineering it means we try really hard to acknowledge and answer questions and not let them go unanswered.

It also means we try to contribute to the collective intelligence by thinking aloud (i.e. discussing bugs, issues, etc. in our public Slack channels), as well as summarizing relevant conversations that might’ve happened in DMs or in hallways.

And finally it means we don’t make fun when someone asks a question.

It means a little more work, but collaborative & encouraging cultures don’t happen in a vaccuum. So we do the work!

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