Re: The Covert Interview

Subject: Re: The Covert Interview
From: Romay Jean Sitze <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 16:57:30 -0700

And, of course, this saves everyone time in the long run because the
explanation only has to be made once.

> Yep, me too. Some months before I came to this division of HP, it was
> reorganized into cross-functional "product teams". When I moved in, my
> desk was in the middle of the programmers' desks, my manager was their
> manager, they were the first people I met. I eat lunch with them. I
> take coffee breaks with them. I barely have to "interview" anybody at
> all. If the conversation moves in the direction of something I'm
> documenting, I just stand there and ask my questions: "Oh, hey, I
> didn't realize the fromulater works that way with the garbonzer. How
> does that relate to the hooberdoober, then? ...And the bug you're
> talking about, that's in the garbonzer too? ..." Since it's usually
> Engineer A explaining his stuff to Engineer B, he's perfectly happy
> to explain it to me too.
> --
> Laura Johnson
> lauraj -at- fc -dot- hp -dot- com
> Hewlett Packard NSMD
> Ft. Collins, CO



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