If you don’t know what to do, the worst thing you can do is nothing.
The very first real advice I had ever received with my first real tech job, and I thought it was kind of silly at the time. Who’s just going to sit there passing time?! Its a good piece of advice though: don’t be afraid to ask for help! I always thought this was conveyed the right message, so I too continued the tradition of passing this advice along to the new college grads.
Fast forward today, I’m reasonably confident a project I’m releasing regular updates is ready for prime time. It covers all the check boxes, our POC seemingly went great with one engineer providing valuable quality-of-life feedback (resolved and released quickly I want to add, I was eating that feedback up). But then a scary senior engineer dropped the bomb: It’s been broken for a particular use case the last month, and he blames me for not already knowing about it and fixing it.
A Principal Engineer decided the best thing to do was nothing. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of myself to correct this culture.