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Definitely!!! Make sure you ask the SME's permission to record, and
then record away. Most SME's are more than willing to let you record
the conversation because it means you will be burning up less of their
time after the brain dump... you can just listen to the tape instead of
hunting them down in some development lab and asking them to explain how
the dongle fits into the sumppump all over again.
It is worth buying a good one. We use SONYs.. can't remember the model
> Does anyone use a microcasette recorder when
> interviewing SMEs? As a newbie interviewer, I find
> recording works well for me because it ensures I
> haven't missed anything in my hand-written notes.
> (And, yes, the SME *does* know he or she is being
> Can you recommend a recorder brand? I currently have a
> cheap voice-activated SONY and I am not happy with it
> because its reliabilty is spotty. (I'm willing to
> spend up to $200 if need be.)
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