RE: Organizational structure - where does Doc sit?
However, I report to the Product Integrity and Testing Manager,
who reports to the VP of Engineering. I have a counterpart in the Marketing
Department: the Creative Writer.
This makes a blistering amount of sense to me. When I'm working on the
manuals, I can find things overlooked by people too close to the project. To
get the content right, I need to put the products through their paces
(obviously without the benefit of a current manual :), so I'm doing front
line user testing. I can also be called upon to do product testing if
required, although it hasn't happened yet.
That's great, and much the way I work at my current company, but what does it have to do with the department you're in? If your manager were the VP of marketing, would you stop finding bugs or UI problems in the product? Would you magically stop finding things overlooked by others on the project?
I'll stand by my original post: it doesn't matter which department you're in, as long as they don't interfere with doing your job correctly. If you answer to accounting, you still have to talk to the developers and QA people to do your job (if you're documenting software, anyway). If your manager prevents that, your problem is the manager, not where you fall in the org chart.
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