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Re: [XP] What other professions pair? -- effective communication paths

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  • Jeff Grigg
    ... I ve broken up deep and bitter Lotus Notes arguments by suggesting that the participants turn around and talk to each other. ;- (Yes, the whole team was
    Message 1 of 53 , Dec 1, 2008
      --- "Adam Sroka" <adam.sroka@...> wrote:
      > Hi George: It never ceases to amaze me how far software
      > developers are willing to go to avoid working closely
      > with others. Yet, we have literally dozens of tools at
      > our disposal that are supposed to "facilitate"
      > communication. [...]

      I've broken up deep and bitter Lotus Notes arguments by suggesting
      that the participants turn around and talk to each other. ;-> (Yes,
      the whole team was in the same room -- and it was a SMALL room! ;-)


      > [...] But, still I find it a constant struggle to convince
      > others that we should be communicating more openly. Some
      > even believe that more communication == more distraction ==
      > Bad. What is that they fear? [...]

      I'm certainly an email and discussion forum abuser. (Witness this
      message! ;-)

      I find the written word attractive because of the precision and detail
      it affords: To describe exactly what the system will do "in the
      following 64 scenarios...", it's hard to beat a good list (or
      spreadsheet).

      Face-to-face seems best for resolving ambiguities, confusion and
      differences in values. But these are the "harder" conversations to
      have. ;->

      And if people are judged primarily by their individual contributions,
      via well-defined tasks assigned to individuals, then there may be
      little incentive to help one's peers -- and high costs.
    • Zhon Johansen
      ... Similarly, my friend, who has an autistic son and was one time diagnosed with aspergers, was told by his high school counselor: You can be either a
      Message 53 of 53 , Dec 5, 2008
        Mike Hill wrote:
        > Along those lines, my wife tells me that specialists in autism refer
        > to university math and computer science departments as sheltered
        > workshops for Aspergers.
        >
        > Hill
        >
        Similarly, my friend, who has an autistic son and was one time diagnosed
        with aspergers, was told by his high school counselor:

        "You can be either a garbage man or a computer programmer."

        He chose the latter.

        - Zhon
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