Re: Secretary Proofing Manuals?

Subject: Re: Secretary Proofing Manuals?
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 15:42:28 -0500

At 4:00 PM -0400 10/24/01, TDean -at- envirosys -dot- com wrote:

Whirlers,

I checked the Archives, but I didn't find much on the subject directly.

Currently, our company is re-structuring. The technical writers from the
different groups in our company go together and agreed on review
procedure/document process for all of us to follow as a technical writing
group. This has never happen before - in our company, the Windows tech
writers did one thing, and the Unix tech writers did another.

I am very upset and insulted because the "uppers" insist on the executive
assistant proofing all of our manuals before they go out to our customers.
In fact, we have to start including her in our style meetings as well. Am I
just being egotistical? Does anyone else have a similar scenario?

The executive assistant doesn't have any control over the software so why
should she have any control over the manuals? They are products just as
well.

Disgruntled,
Tina Dean


Dear Disgruntled,

It depends upon the qualifications of the "Executive Assistant". One sure fire way to make sure that this person rapidly disengages, with the help of clueless senior management, is to do EXACTLY what they asked for. Immediately start dumping every review upon this person that can be done, and be precise in the deadline. Enforce the deadlines. point out missed deadlines because this person cannot do TWO jobs at once.

Unless there is a history of your manuals not being well proofed, it is unusual.

Ok, even then it is unusual.

Scott

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