Spoonfeeding (was: Re: Clarity or Talking Down?)

Subject: Spoonfeeding (was: Re: Clarity or Talking Down?)
From: Dan BRINEGAR <vr2link -at- VR2LINK -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 22:37:08 -0700

[Warning: sarcastic remarks follow which may require underlying cultural
knowledge to be understood]

Ahh, I remember it well... "Sarge, I don't wanna spoonfeed these people: If
they can't understand the underlying concepts of the job, they shouldn't
try to do the job..."

> say that if the developers [plant engineers, moms] need to be told
>that, then "We hired the
> wrong person!"

Tell them : "Yeah, those operating engineers at Bhopal -- man, whatta
buncha dummies! English-speakers all, well educated, Trained by Union
Carbide -- deliberately being dense and not understanding those emergency
shutdown instructions: It's all their fault... uh-huh, they *never* shoulda
*those* guys!"

[End of sarcastic remarks]

[Begin restating The Rules]

Rule 1: "Dear Mom..."

Rule 2: "If you screw this up, your customers could die."

Rule 3: "If yer customers are idiots, it's because *YOU* are not doing
your job, see Rule 1."

[Refraining from further personal anecdotes, avoiding chair throwing]

Dan Brinegar Information Developer/Research Droid/Mac Guy
http://vr2link.com <-- under construction

Opinions expressed could very well be inline with what
Vr2Link thinks; because a company can't think, only the people in it,
and I am 1/3 of them <smile>.

djb -at- vr2link -dot- com -- CCDB Vr2Link
Performance S u p p o r t Svcs.

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