I am an IT professional working within the education sphere. My career in IT started quite accidentally; initially I had planned to launch in to automotive or marine mechanics, in part inspired by my Father who is a marine manager.
The direction changed when I accidentally read the DOS manual when I bought my first PC. From that point on, I was hooked on IT. The discovery that I could make this box do what I wanted it to do was very seductive and I’ve never looked back.
Up until recently, I have had one significant sticking point: documentation.
Obviously, this is very important in the IT world as it not only enables others to work out what you’ve done but it also gives you a trace back to things you may have forgotten yourself; this is a very real issue when dealing with upscaling systems deployments, especially when you find uncommented code. With those points in mind, I have these goals:
- To make writing documentation a more natural part of projects
- To improve my own writing skills
- To improve communicating thoughts and concepts more effectively
A final point for me personally is to provide an aide-mémoire as to what I’ve been up to. Sometimes it’s really difficult retracing your steps months and years later.