So this is a pattern that I’m entirely unfamiliar with, as I don’t consider my understanding of a majority of the material sufficient enough to be able to reliably pass it on to another person. However, the pattern immediately addresses this by noting that every little nugget of knowledge can be valuable to someone who might be unfamiliar with it. And as a result, that bit of understanding can thereafter be passed on again, and cascade from the little help that I might have given a fellow programmer. In some ways, it may even be more beneficial to learn tidbits from a peer, as the author mentions that we would be speaking the same language in terms of familiarity.
While the pattern references the fact that people may not appreciate what you share, I wholeheartedly agree that properly teaching somebody else will solidify the techniques in one’s own mind. If someone is struggling but isn’t willing to hear what you have to offer, they need to improve over several areas in their own right.
I find it fascinating that the author mentions to be cautious about what you share, as you might be stepping on the toes of a higher up, and unintentionally disclose something that was valuable to an employer. It’s certainly something I’ve never considered before and will take into account going into the future. I’m also glad he mentions the fact that sharing a lesson could be interpreted as conceited or aloof, because from personal experience I’ve lost respect for people like this faster than a Hello World program executes. All in all my takeaway is to temper what you say and read the room when deciding when or when not to share; quite the valuable lesson.
In the Action portion, I don’t necessarily agree with the recommendations made. Of course there’s no problem with writing blog posts and sharing workshops, but I regard the most important lesson to be to think about how you would engage with someone treating you the same way, if you were approached by them in the same situation. Teach in engaging ways and foster curiosity in your peers, but only if they are willing to accept your olive branch. It’s ultimately a waste of time to preach at someone who isn’t really listening, and worse, judging you for engaging with them.