Long term goals
jonstanley at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 05:41:36 UTC 2010
On Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 4:17 PM, Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think that mentorship has a higher return than documentation... with
> documentation, we seem to be pushing people into a deep blue sea of
> information without really showing them how to apply that knowledge to
> getting tasks done. Mentors fill that gap.
While I agree, mentorship also has a higher cost than documentation,
in terms of taking people away from doing productive work. I agree
that the return is *much* higher, both in having people able to make
meaningful contributions and (likely) the retention of those people as
However, that equation doesn't always enter people's minds (certainly
not mine unless I consciously make myself think about it like right
now), and they see short-term resource drain vs. long term gains.
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