RE: Do'ers and Doubters (was observation about engineers)

Subject: RE: Do'ers and Doubters (was observation about engineers)
From: "Earl Cooley" <shiva -at- io -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 14:35:42 -0500

Bruce Byfield wrote:
> Lisa Bronson wrote:
> > I have watched co-workers approach the same SME's, but with the
> > anticipation that they will be rejected, that the SME won't
> > have/take time to help them. They continually remark that
> > those SME's are unhelpful, unwilling, un-whatever-else.
>
> In short, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Given all the distrust
> of SMEs and the insecurity that many tech-writers express about SMEs,
> their trouble getting the information they need isn't really surprising.
> They approach SMEs geared for failure.
>
> By contrast, I take people pretty much as I find them, and I have rarely
> had trouble with SMEs. In fact, in almost seven years and in maybe as
> many twenty companies, I've only had one major run in with a SME, and
> one minor one.

In my previous career, I was a programmer from the last days of punched
cards, so I've been there, done that, and have the t-shirt with the gold
SME lapel pin. It informs my perspective with a certain fearless clarity
I might not otherwise have had. heh.

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