Tech contact for Qwest?

Vadim Antonov avg at
Mon Aug 23 06:41:07 UTC 1999

Michael Dillon <michael at> wrote:

> That 10% mentor is more important than the percentages would suggest
> because it acts as a catalyst for the other 90%. A good mentor will help
> a less experienced engineer to make most effective use of their time in
> learning the trade. It's not enough to just be available to answer
> questions.

Absolutely.  Unfortunately being a teacher is a completely different
profession which requires completely different talents.  A lot of very
good engineers are poor teachers.  Having tried to teach professionally
i know that it is much harder than it seems.


PS  Actually, i do not see shortage of clueful network engineers.  What
    i see is complete lack of clueful managers.  Engineers are often left
    without any useful managerial support, and all too often are simply
    screwed up by the bad management.  That's why i think the fact that
    good engineers are getting more expensive is positive.  When management
    if forced to pay through the nose for the professional expertise, they
    more likely feel compelled to follow the offered advice.

    It is quite possible to run a large backbone with two-three top-notch
    engineers - providing they can pick their assistants and don't have
    to spend most of their time dealing with bureaucratic idiocy.

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