janitors and ignorance, was Re: Job Descriptions

Subject: janitors and ignorance, was Re: Job Descriptions
From: LaVonna Funkhouser <lffunkhouser -at- HALNET -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 1996 09:24:08 -0600

from Stuart:
>A couple of people here use a technique called 'the janitor solution'.
>When they have an intractable technical problem, they explain it to me.
>I nod a lot and ask questions. To explain the problem clearly they are
>forced to think about it logically. Often the answer suddenly appears
>to them half way through the explanation.

An engineer on a project last year told me he could appreciate that
"what you bring to the table is ignorance (of the product)"!

I'm still trying to teach our new writer this: One of the worst things
we can assume is that even though it doesn't make sense to us writers, the
readers will understand it.


LaVonna F. Funkhouser, COREComm
lffunkhouser -at- halnet -dot- com (work)
You are invited to browse our web site: http://www.corecomm.com/corecomm/
My opinions do not officially represent anyone other than me.

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