[thelist] Just a freebie tip

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Mon Nov 6 05:23:28 CST 2000

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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To rate something, you need to know both the rated object and the scale. Even
guidance such as
1 - received training
2 - novice
3 - practitioner
4 - expert
it can be difficult, as different organisations will have different thresholds
for each. So
in a non-coding environment, one might be an expert, but in a hard-core geek
one might only be a novice (that's me with Perl btw).

However, when you're new into an environment, you at least know *yourself*
better than
anyone else does, as you don't have a local history for people to assess you.

(having to self-grade on a whole bunch of things rn)

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Subject:  RE: [thelist] Just a freebie tip

Just as a note on that -- I hate it when people ask other people to rate
themselves. I mean, isn't that kind of stupid? It just seems so subjective
to me and not really an indicator of anything. It's like asking someone, "If
you were a car what kind of car would you be" and then trying to draw a
conclusion based on that. Silly, I think.

> [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Jacob Stetser
> Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2000 4:43 AM
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: [thelist] Just a freebie tip
> <tip type="humility">
> A co-worker was reviewed the other day, and when asked what he
> thought his skill level was, between 1-10, replied that he was
> most definitely a 10.
> Ouch. Don't do that. Only idiots consider themselves 10s. Those
> of us who know enough to be in the upper single digit levels know
> that there's always something to learn, some new problem, etc.
> So never say 10.
> </tip>

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