Specialize or Die?

Subject: Specialize or Die?
From: "Edwin Wurster" <eawurster -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 09:13:01 -0500

I listened to an interesting discussion last week, at a meeting of computer consultants (mostly programming talent.)

The topic was "Virtual Teams." I have worked during the last year as part of a virtual team, as a writer.

The main speaker presented himself as a team leader, who is hired to manage virtual teams. He claimed that in the very near future we will only see consulting work as a member of highly-specialized virtual teams. To staff this, he only uses persons who have experience in a specific area or industry.

The idea of requiring specific industry knowledge is not really new. I have read thru past threads on Techwr-L which discuss this. It may be indicative of a future trend, but it could be something we have seen before -- a poor economy where recruiters and businesses set stringent requirements.

I dropped the speaker a line, letting him know of my availability as a tech writer. I have very diverse experience, and have always seen this as an asset. In fact, the current virtual project leader picked me because I have diverse interests, and experience with systems and networks.

I wonder if this topic interests anyone on the list, and how you would answer a very simple question like the following:

Q: Do you have a specialty within tech writing that you prefer?


Edwin A. Wurster
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