Documenting A Ballet Dance

Subject: Documenting A Ballet Dance
From: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, 'TECHWR-L' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 11:36:34 -0800 (PST)


For a ballerina, the dance is her product. Tech comm
is about documenting a product - it is not the
ultimate product in itself.

By the way Bonnie, what is the best way to document a
ballet dance? To quote Ed Yourdon: "Procedure is like
dance: It defies written description". What Yourdon
means is that, like a software system, dance is
asynchronous (multidimensional): Many potential things
happening at the same time, and often complex
branching. Using text to try and document dance is
attempting to use a one-dimensional tool to document
multidimensional entity. To properly document a her
ballet, the ballerina primarily needs diagrams.

Tony Markos

--- Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com> asks:

How does that differ from judging a ballerina by her
ability to draw diagrams of her movements?

In response to Tony Markos writting:

This explains the fallacy of writing skills tests: You
are testing for implementation skill - a much lesser
skill - not for analysis skill. The real test is to
ask the person being tested to create what he/she
would use as input to text creation - not
to create text.

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