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Life Teaching An Architect Perspective

I have talked before about situations in my life that have made me rethink the way I look at things in my job.  Well, it happened again today.

I was talking with a co-worker about astronomy and he started asking me a number of questions.  My initial reaction was "how can you not know that?".  It goes to show that we have to make sure we are not assuming what people know.  This could be when mentoring a developer or gathering requirements from a business partner.

Now this does have to be balanced.  You can get very annoying if you always treat people like you can't start a discussion without laying a foundation of knowledge.  You need to learn to read people.  If you find that you are getting blank stares from what you are saying then back up.

Maybe this can be one of those life lesson figures like they have in the TLC commercials. :)

posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 6:38 PM Print
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# re: Life Teaching An Architect Perspective
Scott Miller
5/18/2007 10:59 PM
I agree. Several years ago I was on a fishing trip with some guys that I had known for a long time. While fishing at night we were talking about the stars. One of the guys didn't know that the stars were suns like our Sun! And he wasn't kidding...

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Tim Murphy

Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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