Posted by Chris on August 24, 2007

Late friday evening, after some wine, whisky and beer and a movie, I could not think of anything better to do than to catch up a bit on my blog reading (it’s not just my posting that is more or less dead right now, parental leave has left a lot of unread items in Google Reader). After reading a couple of hundred posts, in the end it was two that really stuck in my head. Maybe it was just the short and simple format of them that made it easier to read them, but they really spoke to me.

I used to have the latin phrase Docendo discimus (We learn by teaching) as my personal motto, but I think Jason Yip really nails it with:

There’s no substitute for sharing knowledge

Jason says you should always explain why, especially to children and others who really have no idea why something happens the way it does. Never just say it’s magic or so. I couldn’t agree more.

On a somewhat similar note, Paul Duvall discuss why you should “fire your best people … reward the lazy ones“. Now, the title is of course a bit misleading although there is some truth to it, but the message of the post for me can be boiled down to the following quote from the post:

If the knowledge is locked in your head, you are a less valuable, not more valuable, resource.

To me, these posts say that it is always important to take the time to share the knowledge instead of just “making it so”, whether it is something we implement in software or just something we say to someone.


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