For this week’s blog, we will talk about confronting your ignorance from the Apprenticeship Pattern book. This will be a continuation from the last blog Exposing Your Ignorance.
Now that you have let your teammates know that you are lacking in some skills, it is now time to deal with your ignorance. There are tools and techniques that you need to master but you do not know where to begin. Some of them are things that are expected knowledge from you that everyone around you already knows.
So what should you do?
The book’s solution is to pick one skill or tool and actively fill in the gaps in your knowledge about it. How should you do it is up to you. Whatever works best for you. For some, the best approach is reading all the introductory articles. Others find that looking at the code is a better way to understand it. They also recommended asking around if anyone is also trying to master these skills or ask a mentor that already have these skills and if they are willing to share what they learned.
I find this chapter interesting since it was tied to Exposing Your Ignorance chapter. To do this pattern, you will need to expose your ignorance first. Using this pattern in isolation might lead to a culture where failure and learning are unacceptable and everybody just keeps to themselves. Also, your employer has certain expectations from you and might not be understanding of your educational needs that would get in the way of the successful delivery of its project.
Confronting your ignorance is probably one of the things that you will be doing over and over again in your workplace. Most likely, your first few months in the job would be a learning curve for you. Figuring out what tools they use, how it works, and how you could use them would be the first challenge you will face.
This pattern changed the way I think about confronting my ignorance. Usually, I do everything alone and try to solve things alone. But that seems like a band-aid solution to the problem. It is better to ask people who have mastery of such skill and see if you are doing it the right way, so in the future, you will be more knowledgable and can be a master of this skill as well.