Re: WHAT did you say? (WAS: What is a SME?)

Subject: Re: WHAT did you say? (WAS: What is a SME?)
From: George Mena <George -dot- Mena -at- ESSTECH -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 13:42:52 -0700

And just think: before some lame duck invented the term SME, I was more
than happy to talk to the engineer or technician I needed to talk to,
whoever that was at the time. :D Didn't even need to invent an
acronym for such a person. :D

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Stockman [SMTP:stockman -at- JAGUNET -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 1998 11:51 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: WHAT did you say? (WAS: What is a SME?)
>
> On 9/22/1998 2:44 PM, George Mena (George -dot- Mena -at- ESSTECH -dot- COM) wrote:
>
> >To clarify for everyone:
> >
> >SME = Subject Matter Expert. Most of us already know this -- or
> SHOULD
> >already know it.
>
> One of the rules of technical writing I learned early... never tell
> the
> readers what they SHOULD know. It's not educational, nor does it
> encourage a receptive frame of mind as they read further... IF they
> read
> further, that is.
>
> I've been a technical writer for 12 years. I had never heard the
> letters
> SME until I subscribed (well, re-subscribed) to this list. I never
> knew
> what the letters meant until today (and, to be fair, I never bothered
> to
> ask, either).
>
> Rather than using the phrase SME, I've often referred to "the
> developers," or sometimes "the product manager," although the product
> manager was not, sadly, always the expert.
>
> I guess we can all be glad the phrase isn't "Subject Matter Engineer,"
> or
> some other overblown title...
>
> ------>Mike
>
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