Minimize Jargon and Maximize Relevance

How many times have you talked to a technologist who uses a lot of jargon? MDA, SSO, SAAS, BPELWS . As a technologist I am guilty of using jargon as well 🙂 However, if you want to turn people off specially when you are trying to influence and persuade them there is no better way than to use excessive jargon! confused

Software reuse is a hard problem mainly because a lot of us get buried in the technical aspects and ignore everything else. If you want to successfully communicate with developers and development leads minimize the jargon and refrain from showing off your technical superiority. Instead, focus on relevance. If you understand the problem and can truly add value by pointing them towards a reuse friendly solution more power to you. Too often I see just the opposite – anxious to force solutions technologists decide on the approach using a favorite technology (they freely sprinkle arcane terms and acronyms to intimidate coworkers) and then wonder why people resist.

When you encounter a problem pause and reflect – strive to understand the bigger picture:

  1. who is asking for the functionality?
  2. is this a one-time requirement or something that is relevant to multiple applications?
  3. have we solved this problem before within the team?
  4. do we have something that could work with some refactoring?

These are the questions that will get you closer to success with reuse. Focus less on the technology and more on the problem and relevance. Watch your developers become more adept at recognizing which functions need to be reusable and which ones aren’t.

I am not for a second saying technology is irrelevant or unimportant. Far from that. Before the how you have to figure out the what and technology is good with the latter. Framing reuse within the problem at hand will make it easier for you to convince folks within and outside your team. Try it and surprise yourself!

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One Response to Minimize Jargon and Maximize Relevance

  1. […] Real World blog, there’s a variety of good technical info, an interesting podcast and some good advice for making some of the more complicated concepts in software resuse […]

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