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August 8, 2023

In pursuit of Perfect Tech Doc

JIT documentation capture knowledge atoms and deliver compound molecules tailored to the intent, context, and capability of developers

Introduction: In the ever-evolving world of technology, the demand for precise and accessible technical documentation is at an all-time high. However, creating a one-size-fits-all static documentation that satisfies the diverse needs of engineers is nothing short of a myth.

The Myth of Perfect Technical Documentation: Perfect technical documentation, capable of meeting the needs of every developer, is an elusive concept. Engineers come from various backgrounds, possess different skill levels, and have unique contexts and intents when seeking information. A static sequence of paragraphs can never cater to the diverse requirements of such a wide-ranging audience. Recognizing this limitation is the first step towards embracing a more dynamic and personalized approach.

The Promise of Just-in-Time Documentation: Just-in-Time (JIT) documentation is the future of knowledge sharing in the developer community. It is the ability to provide developers with the right nugget of knowledge precisely when they need it, based on their intent, context, and capability. This approach ensures that developers receive the most relevant and up-to-date information at their fingertips, enabling them to solve problems and make progress efficiently.

Capturing Knowledge Atoms for Precise Delivery: By harnessing the power of generative AI, we can capture knowledge atoms from R&D teams, which are the building blocks of technical information. These atoms represent bite-sized pieces of knowledge that can be combined and transformed into compound molecules as the situation demands.

Creating Compound Molecules on Demand: These knowledge atoms can be dynamically assembled into compound molecules of information tailored to the developer's intent, context, and capability. This means that developers no longer need to sift through lengthy documentation or struggle to find the right answer. Instead, they receive precise and relevant information exactly when they need it, accelerating their problem-solving and productivity.

Empowering Developers with Contextual Knowledge: Developers are empowered with contextual knowledge that adapts to their specific needs. Whether it's understanding a complex concept, troubleshooting an issue, or exploring new functionalities, developers can get the right information at the right time. This not only saves valuable time and effort but also enhances the overall developer experience.

Conclusion: In the dynamic world of technology, relying on static and one-size-fits-all technical documentation is no longer practical. The dream of perfect documentation may remain a myth, but the reality of Just-in-Time (JIT) documentation is here to transform the developer experience. By capturing knowledge atoms and delivering compound molecules tailored to the intent, context, and capability of developers, we can revolutionize the way we approach technical documentation.

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