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My department (a baker's dozen of programmers, plus testers, QAs, support,
and one technical writer) has regular meetings at which one of the main
items is an individual giving a fifteen-twenty minute work-related
presentation. The manager is currently inviting volunteers for the next
meeting, about a month off. Presentations have (so far) usually been fairly
technical and accompanioned by jazzy PowerPoint displays. The idea is that
eventually everyone will have given a presentation, with the possible
exception of one programmer who claims to be phobic.
I am (cautiously) thinking about volunteering (better to volunteer than to
be pushed, or worse yet, to be ignored... :-). A presentation on technical
writing as in how to make a peanut butter sandwich, or a cup of tea, would
definitely not be appropriate. How to glean information from specs and SMEs
might be, but risks sliding into the personal <g>. That is to say, I have
thought about taking a spec and demonstrating how the data in a spec gets
worked on, added to, clarified, and transformed into the useful information
in a manual, but I don't want to tread on any toes in development by
implying that I think badly of their specs.
Would appreciate any ideas anyone cares to throw into the air. If you e-mail
me offlist <jane -dot- carnall -at- virgin -dot- net> I'll post a summary, since I don't
think it's *that* long since we had the last discussion that slid
resistlessly into the Peanut Butter Sandwich topic.
Repeat. No Peanut Butter Sandwiches. No Cups of Tea.
Technical Writer, Compaq, UK
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