Ask the right questions

Recently I had a meeting with a couple of people where we discussed several technical things. I noticed you can assess someone better from their asked questions instead from their answers.

A question is in general short and crisp. In comparison an answer can be short or long depending on the person. Some people love to hear themselves and answer everything except the question.

Thus, asking the right questions is more meaningful than answering. It requires a good analytical mind. You have to project your thoughts into the problem space. It’s a valuable skill everybody should keep practicing.

On the other side it’s an inglorious skill to answer a question you don’t know. Just be honest and say, that you don’t know the answer yet but you’ll ask to get the information.

Smart people ask questions to the point. Ask, ask, ask. Be smart.

2016, week #27 (part of my weekly lessons learned documentation)