The importance of documentation in the work place.

I wrote last year already about the importance of documenting everything as much as possible, in relation to Gentoo and Free Software in general. In hindsight, that was a good idea considering what happened to me last summer.

Today I wish to write to remember that this applies quite easily also to work places.

Without going into specifics, because I can’t, as I’m under NDA, I’m having trouble with my current job because the specifics I have are incomplete, the code is only half commented, and there is no “e-trail” (the electronic equivalent of a paper trail) of changes (the people who worked on this before me are not working in this company anymore).

I’m wasting more time trying to find the people who might know what I need to know than to write the code…