p pol The Adventures of Carboman: Documentation

Friday, February 25, 2005


Trust it to the Americans to come up with all things related to documentation. For every single process, they can write pages of manuals, documents, attach multiple steps of compliance to them, put in some requirements for monthly reporting and lastly tag the whole damn thing to the Audit.

The Chinese on the other hand, traditionally at least, have no use for documentation, preferring instead to rely on word of mouth. While this eases the red-tape somewhat, it has some downside. Modern medical science have no records of herbal and other traditional treatments favoured by the Chinese. Facts get distorted over the years. For all you know, there's been a cure for cancer and we don't know about it!

I view documentation as a necessary evil which can easily be abused or taken overboard. I know because I'm in the midst of doing this shit at work right now.


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