RE: Respect (was Motivation For Overtime?)

Subject: RE: Respect (was Motivation For Overtime?)
From: "Bowen, Marianne" <Marianne -dot- Bowen -at- Nextel -dot- com>
To: "'Mary Reinhardt'" <mbreinha -at- us -dot- oracle -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 13:04:59 -0400

I tend to ask prospective employers about the methodology they are using. If
they claim to have a methodology in place I will ask what the methodology
was based on. It is possible to make those questions sound pretty harmless,
but answers can tell you a lot.

It is very hard to find IT companies that are already certified at level 2
or even higher. I find it however very challenging to come in and help a
company get there, by creating the processes necessary and by helping with
the development of a methodology that can be used across the board. I find
it relatively easy to get respect in a company once they see that *I* have
processes for my documentation development, and that it helps me produce
better materials.

And btw., I generally assume that a company is at CMM level 1 unless they
show me different. :)

Marianne


-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Reinhardt [mailto:mbreinha -at- us -dot- oracle -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, September 27, 1999 10:17 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Cc: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Respect (was Motivation For Overtime?)





>
> Unfortunately, about ninety-eight percent (98%) of all companies are at
CMM
>
> levels 0 or 1. And it is impossible to get real respect in such
companies.
>
> Tony Markatos
>
> (tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com

In relation to most companies being at a level 0 or 1 on the Capability
Maturity
Model (CMM), my question is, how can you tell from the outside what level a
company is at in their documentation processes?

Seven months ago when I was graduating from a master's program in tech
writing
and interviewing with numerous companies, I tried to ask questions about
processes, audience analysis, etc. aimed at figuring out what level a
prospective employer was at. The problem was, 99% of them gave answers that
would have put them at a level 2 or even 3.

Any suggestions for interview questions which let you know exactly what type
of
environment you're in for?

Mary Reinhardt



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