I like this. It’s very true. Just a few weeks ago I had a challenge on one of the projects I worked on – not only capture the business requirements of the project, but also to understand what I write. Once I dived into the gathering of the requirements I realized that there were many things that I didn’t know about what Business really does and wants. So I went and asked other members of the team who worked on the project for a while now and to my surprise they didn’t know much either.
Many times, during the drafting of requirements and throughout document iterations I felt not less than…shall we say silly. I can remember the confused looks of my colleagues when I asked some of the questions! And that wasn’t a confortable feeling. Did you ever have the feeling that everybody around you knows more than you do but when you go and ask them a question you realize that’s not the case?
Or should we use Google before asking dumb questions?
Tell you what – asking silly questions always helped me in my career because I got to find or discover things that other people don’t think about or don’t ask out of fear of being silly. I don’t really care if people think I’m silly, at the end of the day I know stuff and they don’t.
Yes, the only silly question is the one that doesn’t get asked. You got it Mark!
Mark Rewhorn is a six-sigma certified trainer and owner of European Business Improvements, based in UK.
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