Re: Working with developers (was Re: About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions)

Subject: Re: Working with developers (was Re: About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions)
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:34:03 -0400

Keith writes:

> Jessica, you said "It helps, of course, to bother them as little as
> possible and to ask the smartest questions you can." It's been
> my experience the second part of that sentence is the critical
> point.

I agree. Likely many here already know it, but for those who
don't: http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html



On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> Jessica, you said "It helps, of course, to bother them as little as
> possible and to ask the smartest questions you can." It's been my
> experience the second part of that sentence is the critical point.
> Software developers have a very strong tendency to consider themselves a
> technical and intellectual elite. It is very common for them to refuse to
> make time for other people because they feel those other people somehow
> don't measure up. They easily develop the attitude that they shouldn't
> waste their time with people who don't know as much as they do, because
> they're afraid they'll get trapped into having to spend a lot of time
> giving baby-talk explanations.
>
> It can be crucial for tech writers working in software projects to get
> training in software development, and software QA. That can make a world
> of difference in relations with the people you have to go to for
> information.
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References:
About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions: From: Chris Morton
Re: About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions: From: Ryan Pollack
Re: About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions: From: Chris Morton
Re: About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions: From: Weissman, Jessica
Working with developers (was Re: About The Cloud: Quick-Read Suggestions): From: Keith Hood

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