Re: peanut butter and jelly - revisited

Subject: Re: peanut butter and jelly - revisited
From: "Elna Tymes" <etymes -at- lts -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 09:04:22 -0800

Melissa Fisher wrote:

> The recent PB&J thread got me to thinking about a presentation I might do in my
> own company. But I am curious - to all those out there who have done the PB&J
> demonstration or something similar: has it ever backfired on you? Have you ever
> had a group of people who "got it" immediately?

I ran the idea past some of the pubs people at a client's, and they vetoed it on
the grounds that it would only humiliate the programmers, and thus the programmers
would resent it. I can see their logic, although I don't agree with it.
Developers are frequently told the importance of thinking like a user, and then get
so wound up in the technical details that they forget. To be subjected to a
procedure where their failings make other people laugh at them could, indeed, have
unpleasant repercussions.

I'd simply be careful when and where you use the exercise.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems

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