Lesson Weekend

Enterprise companies, especially larger ones, often assign their developers to development teams. These teams work together to build features and fix bugs. At Epicodus, students will work with an assigned team every week (known as a dev team) and pair with someone new from that team every day in class. Each week, you will be assigned a new dev team.

A dev team consists of 6-10 Epicodus students from the same class. Your dev team will meet together at the start and end of the day. While you will work with your dev team during classtime, you will always be working on your own when you complete your independent projects.

Start of Class Standup

Standups are a very common - and important - part of a developer's workflow. At tech companies, a standup usually consists of a brief group check-in at the beginning of the day. Your dev team standup will be brief - just like real tech standups. Dev team standup will be between 10 and 15 minutes at the start of the day.

Please note that on most days you will also have an all-hands standup with your entire class and intructor(s). Dev team standup is specifically only with your dev team.

Every dev team standup will follow the same pattern, with each person taking a moment to answer the following three questions:

1. What did you work on during the previous class session or over the weekend?

Since everyone is working from the same curriculum, it's more important to discuss your process as well as any successes or issues you ran into. This is a way to celebrate your daily accomplishments and inform your team of your progress.

2. What are you working on today?

This is an opportunity to emphasize specific areas of focus. Is there a particular area of the day's work that you want to practice more or is there a topic you are enthusiastic about? This is a great way to let everyone know what your goals are for the day.

3. What blocks do you have? What is standing in your way?

Did you struggle with the homework? Did you not get to finish the project during the previous class session? Do you want to work more on how you communicate? Will you be working slower today to focus on understanding concepts? We encourage students to share their struggles. Verbalizing any issues you're having can be a great way to combat impostor syndrome.

End of Day Retrospective

Every day at the end of class, you will meet with your dev team in Discord to discuss how the day went. While companies usually don't have daily retrospectives, this is a good practice for students to maximize learning and share work.

Here are potential topics to cover in the retrospective:

  • Show and tell - what did you create today? Share your screen and walkthrough your code.
  • What did you enjoy the most?
  • What is a bug you fixed? Share your screen and give a walkthrough.
  • What did you struggle with?
  • Share tips and resources you found useful.
  • Give shout-outs to anyone in your group who has helped you or that you appreciate in general.
  • Discuss what you want to do better tomorrow.

Lesson 5 of 15
Last updated July 30, 2021