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

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