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Thinking Upside Down
Resigning as a Guru - Low-effort Documentation
by Andy Dent
October 17, 2006
Summary
How do you transfer knowledge about a system in an optimal way, without forever being the 'guy who knows'? What practices will help you exit gracefully? Or, even if you aren't leaving this area of the project, how do you lessen the documentation burden?

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On the What questions would you ask? thread, Marc Loxton says: I want to do this in an agile way though not by writing a truckload of documentation describing the tech aspects of the system, the direction i want to go with it, which parts I want to phase out and what they should be replaced with etc. I've been having some success with pair programming for some tasks but I'm wondering what do others do to share the knowledge without becoming a novelist? A Wiki with a list of key points? A Brief README file and verbose comments in key areas of the code/tests?

I think the answer is all of the above

You also want to leave a legacy which can be maintained

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Andy is a free-lance developer in C++, REALbasic, Python, AJAX and other XML technologies. He works out of Perth, Western Australia for a local and international clients on cross-platform projects with a focus on usability for naive and infrequent users. Included in his range of interests are generative solutions, software usability and small-team software processes. He still bleeds six colors, even though Apple stopped, and uses migration projects from legacy Mac OS to justify the hardware collection.

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