When I started my last job search, I was surprised at how many job interviewed involved me managing documentation. Surprised not in that a Project Manager needed documentation skills or would oversee documentation projects, but in that someone actually cared. IT is infamous for poor documentation, so it was nice to see a focus on good documentation.
I’ve wondered if the lack of documentation, record-keeping, and code commenting actually holds back development and innovation. It’s hard to innovate when you aren’t quite sure what you’re doing at the moment or what people did in the past.
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.fantopro.com/, nerd and geek culture at http://www.nerdcaliber.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at https://www.stevensavage.com/.