From Buggy-Whip to PET Scanner

Subject: From Buggy-Whip to PET Scanner
From: karen_otto -at- agilent -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 09:48:41 -0700

Once upon a time, there was a fictional tech writer named Joe. Joe was
really good. He knew everything about his job. He could document all of his
existing products with a flip of his wrist, could learn new products in his
product line without difficulty, and contributed to product design based on
his in-depth knowledge of the very complex product. He even used to design
these products in a previous career. One of Joe's core personal values is
learning and writing about complex topics. No vcr manuals for him - he likes
the tough stuff.

But Joe had a problem. His product was buggy-whips. And they are obsolete.

Joe would like to document medical topics, but has no background in it.

So, tech-whirlers, how can Joe go about changing not careers, but subject
matter? He loves and is good at a technology which no longer exists. He's
happy to learn something new, but it doesn't make sense for him to go out
and get a degree or become a designer in a new topic just to gain the depth
needed for a new topic.

Karen Otto
karen_otto -at- agilent -dot- com

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