Re: I've made a best friend - kinda long

Subject: Re: I've made a best friend - kinda long
From: Edwin Skau <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 09:14:16 +0530

Lucky you.

You have a VP somewhere who can tell the difference.



On 11/30/05, John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Hi, guys...something amusing hyappened today.
>
> I've been here since Feb and I've created fourFM books and a good
> chunk of a fifth. A book averages about 175-225 pages.
>
> The way it is setup around here, each developer is in charge of one
> of more portal process, so being that each book is a process, I've
> worked closely with three developers so far, with a good relationship
> with each of them so far.
>
> However, there has been one developer in chanrge of the biggest
> process that while cordial, has been resistant to work with me...the
> usual excuses; too busy, a release is just around the corner, any
> number of other priorities...until last week.
>
> My boss was recently promoted to corporate CTO. Because of this, he's
> getting involved in issues that he hadn't before. Anyway, a week ago
> last Sunday, I get an email about 10pm, that a VP of one of our
> Canadian operations had just received a document set created by
> another office and was less than pleased with what they'd received.
> My boss asked me to get involved.
>
> So, for the last 10 days, I've been creating a new document set by
> writing, stealing, scavanging, and just plain borging any content I
> could find on the process. Yesterday, I sent it about 70 pages to the
> above mentioned SME for review and gap analysis.
>
> This morning, he declares loud enough for the whole floor of about 18
> developers to hear, "This document is the best document we've ever
> produced!" then to me in a very low voice, "I should have worked with
> you sooner."
>
> The moral of the story? Be ready to help when you can, always produce
> the best you can even if they aren't paying you the best they can,
> and sooner or later someone will notice.
>
> John Posada
> Senior Technical Writer
>
> "The word "genius" isn't applicable
> in football. A genius is a guy like
> Norman Einstein." -
> --Joe Theisman, NFL football
> quarterback & sports analyst.
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