I try desperately to be humble but it is so hard. Sometimes I feel like everybody on my team has Dunning-Kruger effect, while other times I feel like I must not be a very skilled or competent software engineer that I continue time and time again to end up working with people whom I feel are highly incompetent, unprofessional and embarrassing.
I somewhat like the coworkers at my current company but something that has become part of the vernacular here I feel is highly embarrassing for my team and for myself when we start to communicate with vendors and consultants.
Specifically one incorrect use of a word that I have seen confuse our consultants is the use of the word
Systemic to describe an automated process, specifically one that is going to replace a workflow that currently is being done manually by a user.
The system shall systemically perform a validation check...
Hi Bob, Did you ever get a chance to talk to the users about if the A process can be done systemically?
I think what they meant to say was
Systematically however I am still not sure that even that is the right word to describe an automated process. Certainly systemically to me seems to have either a negative connotation or a permanence of nature that is inappropriate for referring to easily changeable software.
I hate being on our side of the table when they talk, especially when people on my team ask elementary questions because I can see in the consultant's eyes a drained look as if they are expelling energy trying to not be paternalistic and condescending, much the same way I feel working with them as well.
I sometimes feel that I would be happier as the consultant as I could probably tell them without too much fuss that this word doesn't mean what they think it does, as well as try to correct them in other ways so they don't seem so ridiculous. As an employee though I have found countless times that I can speak for the right idea a thousand times but nobody will act on it or take it seriously until a consultant tells them the same thing.
Is there an appropriate way to correct the team on the use of the word, as an employee, without coming off as condescending? I just find it so draining to try and be humble and hold back my true feelings around them every single day.