Re: Subject Matter Expertise-YES!

Subject: Re: Subject Matter Expertise-YES!
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 09:39:17 -0800

kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com wrote:

And to find such extreme views, just scroll through the last couple days
of posts. One poster in particular (whom I happen to admire) consistently
seems quite determined that you should acquire highly specific expertise
first, then look for a gig, a view with which I disagree. But I am
genuinely curious as to what he does when he gets thrown a curve ball -
hence my post.

For me, Mike Stockman provided the definitive answer: if you're not an expert in a field, but need a job, you scramble as fast as you can to become as much of an expert as you can. Initially, you may have to rely on SMEs, but you need to shorten that period as much as possible.

There's nothing wrong with going into a job ignorant. What's wrong is not making every reasonable effort to remove your ignorance.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

"A curse on the coppers, the judges, the screws,
Who torture the innocent and wrongly accused,
For the price of promotion a judgement to sell,
May the judged be their judges when they rot down in hell."
- The Pogues, "Birmingham Six"


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