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I'm trying to get a high-level overview of my team's current system, and I have no idea on how to do it.

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Staff Software Engineer [Lead MTS] at Salesforce2 years ago

I have realized that I need a very high level overview of the current system and what other systems it communicates with. I have no idea on how to do it; I'm currently planning to have a meeting with my EM.

I have access to the Quip, Google Drive, and some brown bag sessions. I have watched a few of them, but it all seems very fragmented. After I figure all this out, I plan to create a doc which can help others better in the future.

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    Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero, PayPal
    2 years ago
    • Talking to your EM is a great start! Get a good POC(s) from them to talk to for getting this high-level understanding.
    • Trying to understand a system through sheer consumption (watching brown bags, reading wikis, slogging through code, etc) is almost never good ROI, especially if you don't already have a strong high-level understanding of the system. This is a very common trap many onboarding engineers fall into.
    • When writing this new technical overview document, think to yourself what it will take to make this document evergreen, so you don't need to update it every month. There's a reason why this document doesn't exist to begin with - How you can buck the trend and create a truly long-lasting useful resource?
    • Use the ELI5 Subreddit for inspiration on how to write a wiki that's truly easy to understand and approachable for newer engineers.
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