When the team takes on a life of its own

The longer I've been working with this team, the more and more I am so impressed with them.  One of my favorite things is to see people take ownership over the project, doing things by themselves without any prompting of others push the project forward.  

Last week, Liz created an amazing onboarding form for new members of the team.  One of the problems we face at our Code for DC meetings is having a lot of new folks show up asking how they can contribute.  It can take 30 minutes or longer to get someone's environment set up to start making contributions, plus giving them an overview of the project goals and walking them through the current application.  The onboarding form Liz created guides new people through a few steps on how to get ramped-up on their own.  We're going to give it a whirl at the next Code for DC meeting.

Screenshot of our new onboarding form for new members

Screenshot of our new onboarding form for new members

This week, one of our new members pitched-in by creating a public-facing page for our project.  Previously, it was wrapped into our demo application, but this new page gives us a very clean way to communicate what we're doing without it being mixed into the application that is ultimately going to be used internally by Bread for the City.  Check it out the new page!