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Speaking of Golden Bull, I'm reminded that some years back my wife was asked to lead
a team that was tasked with rewriting job descriptions in her software development
She worked diligently at the job; the whole team did. They interviewed many people
and took suggestions for what the job descriptions should contain for the various
positions. Then her team sat down and wrote clear and concise job descriptions. They
even shopped the drafts around for questions, comments, and suggestions. At the end
of their work, they had created job descriptions that virtually everyone in the
department agreed were accurate, concise, and clear. They were exactly what everyone
in the department wanted.
Except the Department Manager, who gave her the original job. In two weeks, he
rewrote every job description to make the duties and responsibilities more vague and
The moral of this story? Know your REAL audience. She thought it was the department
as a whole, and she thought she knew what was wanted and needed. She was wrong.
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