New at this Game

Subject: New at this Game
From: "Shannon Morris" <shannon -dot- morris -at- gen21 -dot- com>
To: <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 10:15:25 -0600

I was recently hired as a Technical Writer and I want to know if you can
suggest any good references. My company is great and I enjoy working here.
My problem is I am fairly new to this field and am not sure how to go about
getting the information that I need to put together some of the documents
that are needed. The company has grown exponentially since last year, from
7 to 50, so they don't have a lot of documentation currently developed. The
only unfortunate thing is my direct manager (VP/CIO) is dealing with a
family crisis and has been unavailable to provide any of the information
needed to begin the work. I have been asked to develop/update all of the
engineering & software specs. My past experience includes writing several
training manuals and documenting a project from start to finish,
additionally I have worked on the technical aspects of a project too. I
have a pretty well rounded background, in education and information systems.

Currently, I have several systems analysis and design texts (one by Dewitz
and the other by Whitten & Bentley), Project Management by Shtub, and a few
technical writing books. Are there any other books you can suggest that
would also provide examples of documents or steps that would include all
aspects of a particular document. Also, are there specific standards for
developing an IEEE document?

I hate to sound like a novice but I think I am and would appreciate any
expert advice.


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