Working on large software projects — complete with Jira boards, code coverage requirements, and peer reviews — it’s sometimes easy to forget that you can actually use the skills you have to solve the little problems you encounter in your job.

If you need to do something, and that thing can be done easily just by writing a small script, then don’t be afraid to go ahead and write one. It doesn’t need to be a fancy script. Doesn’t need to have unit tests or even be checked into a repo. It just needs to solve your problem.

This is probably one of the most useful things I’ve learnt in my career.