Re: "After-the-fact" revision: speaking at the wrong time....

Subject: Re: "After-the-fact" revision: speaking at the wrong time....
From: "Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 23:51:44 -0400

During my first and only contract, I was given a manual to revise for a new release.

I commented to my team leader, in the presence of the 3 other people in my cube farm, that the previous release was pure shit, and I wondered how it had got past the editors. The next thing I knew, both my team leader and my manager pulled me aside to apprise me of the fact that the person who had written the previous release was sitting to my immediate right. He/she had complained to them separately.

Ouch. Why, I wondered aloud (not to him/her), didn't she/he take the opportunity to mention to me at the time that she/he had been the one to produce the work? He/she could have had the satisfaction of watching me sink into carpet up to my knees.

Once we had had a few conversations as cell-mates, however, we discovered our common left-leaning tendencies, and we still get along almost famously. She/he works for another company now, as do I.

At my current job, the Web usability analysis I wrote during my second week apparently caused the director of (a business unit) to complain both privately and publicly about the tone and content (which I have since revised). However, he/she no longer works for the company (about 3 months later). I have been informed that the new director/vice-president is using my document to revisit the content and may in fact re-open the project.

Is there a freakin' lesson to be learned here??? Maybe timing. Maybe tone.
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