Don’t suffer in silence; help each other and keep each other accountable.
Ask each other the right questions.
Discuss in retros how to support each other and reduce fatigue.
Setting a routine
Make time for breaks, planning, reflection, and team social time (e.g., take 10-min break for every 80 minutes of work; Mary needs to deal with childcare at 3 PM every Wednesday, so plan meetings around it).
Having a fixed working routine helps you to maintain and manage your energy levels.
Use a timer to help plan breaks.
Find ways to mark the start and end of your day (standups/catch-ups); daily stand-downs might help to shorten standups.
Replicate your commute to punctuate the transition from home to work by doing something relaxing and fun before work, and clearing your workspace at the end of the day.
Don’t go straight to work after you wake up.
Keep regular times for meals.
Experiment with different ways of working to find out what’s best for the team; not everyone shares the same peak hours of energy and focus.
Designate a pair of engineers as the “interrupt pair” at the start of each day to lower the cost of interruptions and minimize the need for conversations, decisions and context switching.