RE: Getting that info

Subject: RE: Getting that info
From: "Weissman, Jessica" <WeissmanJ -at- abacustech -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:18:08 -0500

In my most recent API-at-a-startup gig, I had to establish bona fides with the developers. I used a combination of good questions, respecting their time, and plastic-toy bribes from Archie McPhee. One $50 grab bag of toys and I had enough symbolic rewards to last through the gig.

I've told this story before, but the tipping point was reached when I stood up at an all-hands status meeting, and showed the guys that I was wearing a T-shirt with the API statement meaning "ignore this object" in stick-on letters.

The scary part was when the test team started using my documentation as the canonical description of what the API was supposed to be able to do.

- Jessica
EPUB Webinar: Join STC Vice President Nicky Bleiel as she discusses tips for creating EPUB, the file format used for e-readers, tablets, smartphones, and more.

Learn more:


You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @

Getting that info (was Re: The Case Against Working at Home: From: Editor in Chief
Re: Getting that info: From: William Sherman
Re: Getting that info: From: Reshma
Re: Getting that info: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Getting that info: From: Reshma

Previous by Author: RE: The great note-taking divide is coming
Next by Author: RE: Printing web pages to PDF - faithfully
Previous by Thread: Re: Getting that info
Next by Thread: Re: Getting that info

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads