Learning/researching phase of writing

Subject: Learning/researching phase of writing
From: Richard Sobocinski <"Richard_G_Sobocinski%~WHC207"@CCMAIL.PNL.GOV>
Date: Thu, 19 May 1994 16:54:00 -0700

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I'm curious how folks on the list tackle the learning/research phase of
What do you find most beneficial: Interviewing developers, hands-on
with a beta product, looking at actual code, design specs, etc.?

What works? I'm asking because I find interviewing developers is the least
efficient and most frustrating. But maybe that's just me. :-)

Erik Larsen
Erik_Larsen -at- ccm -dot- jf -dot- intel -dot- com

I find hands on experience the most helpful along with some
knowledge of the code (on a *very* basic level - I'm a
writer, not a code jockey). I contact the developers when I
have specific questions about holes in my understanding (some
of these guys can go on and on about the most arcane
details). In my experience I also find that if possible, it
helps to be around at the beginning to provide some "human
factors" input.

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