On Emphasis

December 21, 2011

I had an interesting conversation earlier today. It reminded me of the importance of emphasis. The conversation was inspired by a disagreement, and exchanging text wasn’t going to move it forward. That happens sometimes.

Why emphasis? It turns out my friend and I agree about the goal, but disagree about methods to achieve the goal. He emphasizes something required to achieve the goal. I emphasize something else required to achieve the same goal. Because the things we each emphasize require balance (granting one, at present, detracts from the other), we are both correct.

That struck me.

I will continue to think about this. It may well appear in my series about managing software teams


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