Re: More on Validating documentation

Subject: Re: More on Validating documentation
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 14:24:55 -0500

Bruce Byfield wrote:

>However (and I say this with no malice whatsoever, just observation), I
>believe that the main reason is that many programmers really don't care
>about the product as such. All that they want to do is write interesting

This came up in a conversation with our CEO (a wise manager even if he is a decade or so younger than we are). He suggested that the programmers who have left us are those whose primary interested is pushing the technology envelope and that those who have stayed accept the fact that we're not in that business. (We use proven, stable technology to develop products that embody innovative business logic.)

What I learned from the conversation is that this characteristic defines an axis along which you can categorize developers, which may help in deciding how to approach individual SMEs.

>But, on the whole, developers are a closed community of introverts. By
>comparison, writers are extroverts.

Uh, I don't think so. Some of us (maybe some of the most successful of us, maybe the ones you know and like) are extraverts. I suspect that the majority of tech writers fall on the introvert side of the median.


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