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> How do you let
> your coworkers know you're not sitting around twidding your thumbs?
By delivering things. ;-)
Here's one idea: Instead of letting them wonder for 3 months what you're
up to and then giving them the completed manual to review, ask people to
review small chunks as you go.
Here's another idea: If you're documenting software, find bugs and enter
them into the bug tracking system. Or enter enhancement requests
(well-thought-out, of course). For non-software products, do something
analogous. The idea is to show that you've been working with, learning,
and thinking analytically about the product.
I'm sure there are plenty of others. The idea is to create visible
artifacts of your efforts. Nothing persuades people you're productive so
much as producing things. :-)
Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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