RE: Are best practices standards?

Subject: RE: Are best practices standards?
From: Jim Shaeffer <jims -at- spsi -dot- com>
To: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 11:26:27 -0400

Andrew Plato said,
As any half-decent artist will attest, creation comes from
inspiration and hard work - not from a really swell looking methodology. I
am not an art historian but I am 99% certain that the masters of art and
science who changed human perception of the universe did not write up an
exquisite analysis process before they went to work.

My comments:
1. Let us remember that many works of the great masters (da Vinci,
Michaelangelo, etc.) were team efforts, produced primarily by students in
the masters' studios, following the sketches and plans of the masters. (The
very term 'masterpiece' derives from the apprentice - journeyman - master
hierarchy through which such craftsmen learned the tools and techniques of
their craft.)

2. As we talk about creativity and productivity, I would comment that
technical writers are more likely to be rewarded for productivity than for
creativity. So, like other people, we 'follow the money.'

Jim Shaeffer
Jims -at- spsi -dot- com

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