Re: Personal Quality Standards

Subject: Re: Personal Quality Standards
From: Chris Hamilton <chamilton -at- GR -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 13:22:43 -0500

Brent Jones wrote:
> My feeling is that if you ignore your own personal standards just because
> you made a bad decision on the original deal, you don't *have* any personal
> standards. "Things I do only when convenient or when they don't impact my
> profit" and "personal standards" are not analogous phrases.

Karla McMaster wrote:
> I disagree with those who say you should go ahead and spend the time
> writing to your standards. That's the way to drive yourself nuts, as a
> consultant, I think.

I don't think Karla or the original poster were reacting on the basis of
convenience. Sometimes you do what you can instead of what you should.
We all care about technical communication, but there are other factors
at work and each person has to weigh them. I care deeply about my work,
but I'm not about to spend 20 hours a day to uphold some high-minded
ideal of quality. My commitment to my family and to myself outweighs my
commitment to work. If that results in my not having personal
standards, then so be it.

But hey, I don't have any Super Bowl rings to show for my efforts. :-)
Chris Hamilton, Technical Writer
Greenbrier and Russel
chamilton -at- gr -dot- com

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