Re: If you had 15 minutes...

Subject: Re: If you had 15 minutes...
From: Edwin Skau <eddy -dot- skau -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Viv Crawford <viv_crawford -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 12:20:00 +0530

The question is,

What would YOU really like to talk about?

Some folks here are assuming that people in your firm don't respect writers.
Maybe they do. What then?
Let's say they don't. Your 15 minutes is not going to change that.

So.
Use that time, instead, to get some interactive discussions going. For
example: do you have problems with getting reviews done on time? Discuss the
issue. Explain why it is a problem, ask them how you could work to fix that
problem.

This 15 minutes of attention is an excellent practice and a great
opportunity for interaction, dialog, and possible resolution. You may not
solve
problems at the meeting, but right there, you can schedule meetings with
folks to resolve issues. You can open channels of communication there.

Use the 15 minutes to kick off something that you can follow up and close
offline.

Don't waste the time on a theoretical walkthrough of a process that folks
may subscribe to in theory but never in practice. Discuss practice.

Do you work in an ideal setup and everybody cooperates and respects
everybody and milk and honey (and maybe beer?) flows out the taps? Then use
the fifteen minutes to express your gratitude, cite examples of cooperation
that ave contributed to success, thank folks in the presence of others for
their contributions, and let them know that you'd like them to change
nothing about what they do.

I'm not sure if this helps, but that's what I'd do.

Thanks,
edwin




On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 11:32 PM, Susan W Gallagher <susanwg -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:

> I've had fun with the importance of process - a power point that went
> through software and document development with and without process using
> screen beans for illustration. Several of the devs told me later that it
> really opened their eyes.
> HTH
> -Sue Gallagher
>
> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 3:04 AM, Viv Crawford <viv_crawford -at- hotmail -dot- com
> >wrote:
>
> >
> > Thanks everyone on- and off-list for your suggestions.
> >
> >
> >
> > I don't want to do anything grammar or English related. Anyone who writes
> > anything is competent already. And I am already the person that puts the
> > words on the UI.
> >
> > I don't want to sell 'User doc' as the (customer-facing) people who hired
> > me already know User doc is required. The others will never be convinced.
> >
> >
> >
> > (I didn't tell you this up front to try and avoid prejudicing any
> > responses!)
> >
> >
> >
> > I might try something around the 'I am an interpreter' vein. I translate
> > 'expertese' from my experts into 'userese'. Hopefully, it will
> demonstrate a
> > value-added activity whilst allowing flattering of egos :)
> >
> >
> >
> > If you've got other ideas though, I'd still like to hear them. I have to
> do
> > this every few weeks...
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > > From: viv_crawford -at- hotmail -dot- com
> > > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > > Subject: If you had 15 minutes...
> > > Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:32:19 +0100
> > >
> > >
> > > to present something to your entire company, what would you present?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Every morning, one of us presents a 'something'. Often developers do
> show
> > and tells of whatever they've developed recently, or tools or
> technologies
> > they are investigating or implementing. Managers and account managers
> will
> > update us on how various opportunities are progressing. The admin people
> > will periodically update us on the procedures we should be following.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Normally, when I present, because I'm fairly new in post, I'm able to
> > preset a new thing. First time, I showed the tool I was intending to buy.
> > Next time round I showed some prototype output I'd made with said tool.
> The
> > next time I used this slot to get developer buy-in and feedback on how I
> was
> > intending to refer to various UI elements (hemidemisemisubtabs etc...) in
> > the forthcoming manual.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I'm due to present again next week and am wondering, if you could talk
> to
> > your entire company for 15 to 20 minutes about anything at all, what
> would
> > you tell 'em?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Would love to hear,
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
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