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It's a pretty fine line, isn't it? I DO *take notes* (lots of them) at
design meetings, but if asked to circulate them, I write it up as a design
plan, NOT minutes, no matter what I am asked to do. That usually either
gains me more responsibility or involvement because the programmer/manager
who leads the project LIKES what I did, or it stops the secretarial requests
because I have stepped on a programmer's toes.
What I react to is not the taking of notes, but the assumption on the part
of a professional that another professional is at a meeting MERELY to
requrgitate what happened. I think everyone should take their own notes to
retain information they need for their jobs. I happen to need most of what
gets decided at such meeting, if not all, and I don't mind sharing that info
-- but the form in which I share it WILL be appropriate to my profession and
to my aims/goals of exposing technology to the user's benefit.
Lest anyone think I am putting down secretaries, I am not. I think they have
a great deal of training in areas I do not: for instance, I cannot hope to
capture a meeting verbatim -- I don't know short hand and think it is
incredible what a well-trained person can do! They are also professionals
who, in my experience, CHOSE their field for strong reasons, and they
deserve respect for what they do as well!
tamara -dot- peters -at- lawson -dot- com
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Taking notes (was TW Classifications)
Date: Friday, 21 April, 1995 8:00AM
A couple people have expressed (rather vehemently) an aversion to "taking
notes." I thought that was interesting, as the way I managed to wiggle my
into the development group on my first job eleven years ago was by
to take notes at their design meetings. It quickly became apparent that I
contributing more, as I reorganized the information and tried to fill in
by going back to participants individually, before coming up with the
version. In other words, taking notes _earned_ me respect, rather than took
away. I guess I'll have to admit that times have changed, and I could be
considered a battle-scarred veteran in this profession!
Karla McMaster, technical writer
CTI PET Systems, Inc., Knoxville, TN
mcmaster -at- cti-pet -dot- com