RE: writing functional specs?

Subject: RE: writing functional specs?
From: "MMdeaton" <mmdeaton -at- mmdeaton -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 09:43:17 -0700

Do it! In the beginning, you may feel like a note taker in meetings, but
that is not all bad. You get lots of excuses to go talk to developers for
clarification and build relationships with them. You learn about technology
and you add tremendous value to the specs and other engineering documents.
It does not require an engineering degree to do this, but it does require
that you want to learn and that developers are patient with you as you

I have always argued that tech writers ought to write the specs, based on
meeting notes, interviews, email exchanges, and so on. Everyone gets better
specs as a result.

Mary Deaton
Deaton Information Design
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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-67915 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of julie
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 2:56 PM
Subject: writing functional specs?


does anyone out there have to write functional specs as part of their job?

i have never done it myself, but people at my company may think its my job
soon... so i thought i'd poll people to find out what other tech writers
out there are doing wrt specs.

usually, engineering groups write all the design specs. then i take info
from the specs to do my work. are there advantages/disadvantages to taking
on this type of work?

thanks in advance.


jool -at- petting-zoo -dot- net


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