Re: An observation about the writer-engineer relationship

Subject: Re: An observation about the writer-engineer relationship
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 11:46:34 -0700

Dick Margulis wrote:

>The engineers here are a great bunch of people. They are available >resources and real team players. So this is not about arrogance. They >aren't shirking some menial task so one of us lesser beings can handle
>it. No, that isn't it at all. They are genuinely oblivious to the >details of how stuff works.

I've noticed the same phenomenon - usually in regard to phone systems and how to use them. Perhaps it's related to another observation: the fact that, while many people from the non-technical part of the company can lead a project or become managers, far fewer engineers or programmers are even interested in trying.

I suggest that it illustrates the difference between specialists and generalists. To become an engineer or developer, you have to focus your studies and interests fairly narrowly. By contrast, writers, especially if they have Arts degrees, are encouraged to be generalists in their education, and, if they want to thrive, in their jobs as well. Writers can't afford a narrow view - they have to understand both experts and non-experts. But engineers and developers don't have that necessity.

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