Re: blowing the referee whistle

From: Marty Schrader <marty_at_parsecsystemsinc_dot_com>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 11:47:07 CDT

Lara Shaffer said:
> Please do more reading
> before posting a lot more. These developers have been at this for
> longer and while new brains are often the best at coming up with
> good ideas (read "Einstein Thinking" everyone), having knowledge
> about what's been discussed before is invaluable and neccessary to
> engage in productive conversation at this high level.

This is a very important observation that has been made any number of times
before. As a consultant I usually spend the first day or more reading whatever
material has been created for a project that I am brought in on, even when it is
a "hit the ground running" kind of a deal. Nobody is so smart, so experienced,
or so productive that they can't benefit from looking over the conclusions
reached by previous engineers (etc) regarding the analysis of a particular

Additionally, I am always one who creates a file of "The Road Not Traveled" for
those who come after me. This is the compilation of dead ends, mistakes, and
other time wasters that I and my colleagues have sunk time and money into for no
gain. The only positive result of these exercises is to inform our successors of
what not to do *and why.* Anybody who ignores such a repository of valuable
information is asking for trouble.

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