Re: Getting the programmers to come to you

Subject: Re: Getting the programmers to come to you
From: John Posada <jposada -at- NOTES -dot- CC -dot- BELLCORE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 1997 15:35:54 -0500

>>> Is anyone else on the list bewildered by the fact that so many of us
suggest that we actually BRIBE programmers to do what should be part
of their job and give us the info we need to document the software?
Isn't it the job of management to instill a higher value of
documentation into programmers/developers and construct processes
that implement it? Aren't we just re-enforcing programmers'
lackadaisical attitude when it comes to working WITH tech writers by
coddling them with snacks?

>>> Or am I just in the wrong profession? :-)

In a perfect world, you'd be right. However, this isn't, you are, and I use
anything that DOES work...including an after-hours pizza-party (on me) to get
several of them in one room, at the same time, after closing time to eliminate

You do what works, not what should work.

By the way...microwave popcorn and a cooperative airflow in the hallway gets
their attention pretty quickly, too

John Posada
Central NJ Employment Manager - Technical Proposal Writer
STC - Bellcore - (908) 699-5839

jposada -at- notes -dot- cc -dot- bellcore -dot- com (work) (work)

jposada -at- injersey -dot- com (personal) (personal)

"If you give a person a fish, they'll fish for a day. But if you train a
person to fish, they'll fish for a lifetime."
Vice President Dan Quayle 10/13/92
I don't speak for my employer and they return the favor

TECHWR-L (Technical Communication) List Information: To send a message
to 2500+ readers, e-mail to TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU -dot- Send commands
Search the archives at or search and
browse the archives at

Previous by Author: Re: Newsl article re:copyright
Next by Author: Re: cutting edge
Previous by Thread: Re: Getting the programmers to come to you
Next by Thread: Re: Getting the programmers to come to you

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads