Re: Technical Writers who write functional specifications

Subject: Re: Technical Writers who write functional specifications
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 14:10:25 -0800

Cathy De Rubeis wrote:

> 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.

Maybe I'm too obliging, but I've generally taken the position that a
technical writer's job is whatever I'm asked to do. Oh, at times
I'll resist a request, or do something while making clear that I'm
not really qualified to do it. But, at the same time, my attitude
has also let me wander down some interesting byways, including into
upper management, so I can't complain.

Anyway, if you're working with the same people regularly -
especially in a startup or small company - you can't really afford
to stand on your dignity or define yourself too narrowly.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
Director of Marketing and Communications, Progeny Linux Systems
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux

"'Do you know medicine? Chemistry? A little biology perhaps?'

"'My education was a little too expensive for that, I'm afraid.'"

- John Le Carre, "The Constant Gardener"

Develop HTML-Based Help with Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 ($100 STC Discount)
**WEST COAST LOCATIONS** San Jose (Mar 1-2), San Francisco (Apr 16-17) or 800-646-9989.

Sponsored by DigiPub Solutions Corp, producers of PDF 2001
Conference East, June 4-5, Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. or toll-free 877/278-2131.

You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: Re: Lurker Seeking Assistance
Next by Author: Re: Source Code Documentation Systems?
Previous by Thread: Re: Technical Writers who write functional specifications
Next by Thread: RE: Technical Writers who write functional specifications

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads