It’s true, IT folks have a jargon all our own. We often bond with one another through geekspeak, but it can pose barriers when engaging with non-tech folks. Now more than ever, it is imperative that IT and the business speak a common language so they can effectively collaborate. With that in mind, I wrote this piece featuring some practical advice on how geeks and ‘normal’ people can do just that.
This article also echoes in part some points of a presentation I gave with Dahna Goldstein and Marc Baizman, “How to Translate Geekspeak into Normal Human,” at the 2013 NTEN conference, right as I was transitioning out of the nonprofit sector after a twelve year career spent immersed in it. I’ve learned a lot from these brilliant nonprofit technologists in the process of collaborating with them over the years, and some of the discoveries we made together still make their way into my technology writing today.
(Continue reading at HP’s Tektonika magazine.)