RE: Friday philosophical - the age thing

Subject: RE: Friday philosophical - the age thing
From: "John Rosberg" <jrosberg -at- interwoven -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 07:02:24 -0700

Kevin -- I'm thinkin' you got it right -- I've had a similar
conversation with my boss (who has been supportive of the concept) with
regard to developing a department of writers/translators/editors . . . .

The team I work with is fairly experienced, most have pulled multiple
all-nighters at startups, attempting to shore up the "killer app" that
would make everyone millionaires.

Once in a while, my boss comments on the lack of "fire" demonstrated by
the folks on the team.

I went on to point out the fact that we've never held up a release, that
we support increasing numbers of products/features with a group of
constant size, that the work is done well, on time, and with a minimal
amount of support from R&D.

I said I was much more interested in helping to develop a sustainable
group that would meet the stated requirements over the long term, rather
than being part of a team that is known for all-nighters and high

We have this conversation about once every third quarter -- so far, he's
always agreed.



-----Original Message-----
From: McLauchlan, Kevin [mailto:Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2008 9:44 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Friday philosophical - the age thing

A remark by Andrew in another thread, about late nights, early mornings
and not being at one's best reminded me of previous threads where some
young turks have noted that they're tough enough (as are the fresh young
engineers) that they aren't fazed by long or irregular hours - they
usually mention the all-nighters they pulled at college, not so long

When I put this together with the ongoing trend to raise the
education/credential bar for many jobs - including tech-writing - I
come up with this thought:

The useful-life window for young-turk-dom might be narrowing.

The young turks either are still invulnerable (because they _are_ that
young - and therefore inexperienced), or are putting up a brave front
because they've passed 30 and are realizing that the bod just doesn't
bounce back like it used to, and "oh, that's what they mean by
brain-fog", better fake it with extra helpings of Red Bull, and some
Grecian Formula in the beard.

This is as it always has been. The young-and-invulnerable part of your
career (any career) is shorter than the long haul of your overall
working life. BUT, as the young folk have to spend longer and longer in
school before starting that first real job (or come out with the degree
in imaginary dead languages and have to return for a second degree or
certificate in tech-writing to put brioche and latte on the table), they
are entering later. That is, they are entering the real workforce (as
opposed to the "junior" one that sustained them through school) with
more and more of their years of invulnerability already used up.

Just a thought to put a chill on some weekends.


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