Subject: maturity
From: "Alex Silbajoris" <alsilba -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 15:48:19

I recently wrote up my "self-evaluation" for another year, and for the third time, I'm telling the admins that we need en established review process. As it is now, I'm sending out drafts like bullets into fog. The problem is that no one sees any worth in a review process; as with documentation in general, it's pushed down to a low priority when time allotment is considered.

I don't want an elaborate model like the Hackos-based approach one of my writing managers lived by in one of my previous jobs. And I don't want the caustic distrustful power-mad editorial control of one manager I had on a contracting stint. (Some of her policy memos were so abrasive that I've saved them just for their sheer unpleasantness.)

I would simply like a reliable process of consideration of materials before they go out to their intended audiences. To me, that would indicate a step toward maturity for this company. As it is now, they would probably guess that "hackos" is the Greek word for "to cut weeds."

- A

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