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Institutional memory and reverse smuggling

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who's worked in a large engineering firm is familiar with institutional amnesia. Things get built, and then forgotten. Documentation is supposed to help, but rots, is lost, or uses obsolete methods and notation nobody understands anymore. I recently found myself in a strange position, rehired as a consultant with the unofficial job of reminding the company how an old plant works. I even have some personal copies of documents they seem to have lost, which I have to awkwardly smuggle back in. I don't find these kinds of experiences written about often, but I'm convinced they're more common than you'd think."
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happens to us too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38258510)

We are a very small automotive engineering consultancy, with a long history and a good library. Every now and then we get a request from some company we worked for in the past. The new people are expecting us to quote on a project...and we tell them that their company already did that work...and we send them the report.

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