Re: tech writer to engineer ratio

Subject: Re: tech writer to engineer ratio
From: Scott & Bettina Wahl <wahl -at- sympatico -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 17:57:29 -0500


The ratio we use at my company is roughly 10:1 engineers to technical writers.
Product testers aren't included in the engineering staff for this ratio. This is
a fairly agressive ratio - over time I think I would like us to move closer to
an 8:1 ratio. One thing to consider is whether the tech writing staff is
responsible for documentation only, or also training courses, usability, etc.

By the way, I believe this has been discussed before - check the techwr-l
archives. I've seen ratios as low as 6:1 but no lower.


Daniel Shugrue wrote:

> I have been conducting an informal survey of fellow
> techwriters on how many tech writers are needed per
> engineer in a software company.
> I currently work in an environment that has
> 18 developers engineers
> 10 QA engineers
> 2 Tech Writers
> I understand other companies work on similiar ratios
> 1 tech writer: 10 developers : 8 QA engineers
> while others have as many as
> 1 tech writer : QA engineer : 4 developers.
> Anyone interested in taking part in the survey can
> e-mail me directly at daniel -dot- shugrue -at- nokia -dot- com
> I'll be happy to compile and report the answers.
> Thanks and regards,
> Daniel

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