RE: Technical Writers who write functional specifications

Subject: RE: Technical Writers who write functional specifications
From: "Le Vie, DonaldX S" <donaldx -dot- s -dot- le -dot- vie -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 12:34:09 -0800

Cathy De Rubeis asked:

>>In order for a technical writer to write functional specifications, what
does she need to know? Is this a sort of promotion or a type of job hybrid
(tech writer/business analyst)? Or perhaps it depends on the company size
and/or view of what technical writers do..

In my experience, it was due to company size. I was working for an eCommerce
startup and when I first started, I was the sole writer, so I was a member
of the development team from the get-go. We didn't have any product to
document, so I helped write Needs Analysis, Requirements Specs, Functional
Specs, Design Specs, Statements of Work, and lots of proposals. I think that
regardless of company size, a tech writer involved with developing specs
helps ensure accuracy and avoid ambiguity in language that could end up
biting the team on the *ss down the road. A tech writer can also help the
development team tie in other daughter documents to the Requirements spec.

Donn Le Vie


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