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Excellent list! Agreed on all points.

Stepping back and asking why is a hugely important skill to have. You may be able to say "This broke because xyz happened and we can fix it easily", but ask "why did xyz happen?", "Did xyz cause anything else we've not discovered yet?", "How should we handle xyz in the future?", etc. This applies to all sorts of work in development and doesn't stop at code.

It's also worth repeating that it's repetitive tasks that should be automated. We all know that one person who spends hours automating something which could have been done manually much quicker, and their automation is never used again! Unless you're doing it purely as a learning project, I would recommend only automating tasks that are done frequently, or tasks which are done occasionally, but would benefit from automation to reduce human error.

When writing documentation, don't be afraid to write partial documents as it can be off putting if you think you need to document an entire process at once. You'll find some notes are better than no notes.

Put your documentation in source control! Not only does it protect the history, it also helps make it accessible to other members of the team. I've implemented a build pipeline using Azure Devops and DocFX, where once changes to documentation are committed to the Git repo, the documentation website is rebuilt and deployed with the latest changes.