I started a new job and my manager emailed me several documents, probably about 100 pages in total. They explain the concept behind the program I am a dev for. The first page of the first document I have almost no clue what it's saying, and it doesn't get better from there.
Here is the first portion of the first page of the first document. I changed some information to maintain privacy and confidentiality. XYZ is the project name, ABC was an acronym I had no clue what it stood for.
XYZ projection, Conceptional description (pre-ABC)
Terms and conventions
- Photoplot = generic term for any or all XYZ 4 x 4 km sample units located on the national sampling framework, irrespective of info source
- LC = XYZ photoplot land cover layer
- Projected year = aclendar year selected by the update process user to which LC attributes for all selected photoplots are projected
To project photoplot LC attributes (required for estimation) for a user-selected group of photoplots to a user-selected projection to privde the best possible information of forest status in the projection year:
-The most recent XYZ photoplot measurement data
How do you read something like that? I asked my manager if there were any sections in particular that he wanted me to focus on and he said it's all important. I have zero background in whatever concept this is covering (I guess it would be geography). My manager told me to come back to him when I've understood it. Given there's 100 pages of this (at least half of which is written in this way) it may take a while.
At least for dev, I'm the only one working on the project. But that's a good question, it sure seems unlikely that I'm a solo developer when there's so much documentation.