Re: Quality of source material from Development

Subject: Re: Quality of source material from Development
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 07:08:01 -0500

Chris Gooch wrote:

I'd just like to wonder where this idea that software engineers,
uniquely amongst the scientific and engineering community,
are such dunderheads that they can't put a sentence together.

I don't think there is anything unique about software engineers in this regard, and I don't think they are dunderheads. I've know software engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and chemical engineers who could write well and I've know people in all those fields who could not write.

Two major factors are involved: First, intelligence consists of many components, not all of which are expressed equally. Someone may be quite a brilliant mechanical designer but be incapable of reading sheet music, for example. Second, where the engineer was educated plays a role. Some engineering schools place an appropriate amount of emphasis on insisting that students develop effective communication skills. Others don't.

In any case, by the time we encounter engineers in the workplace, they are who they are, and we have to deal with who they are, not who they might have been.


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