Re: Tech Writers taking minutes

Subject: Re: Tech Writers taking minutes
From: Doc <dlettvin -at- attbi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 12:18:25 -0400


On Fri, 28 Jun 2002 20:18:06 +0000, "Lorrie Staples"
<lestapatl -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:

>
>I am wondering how many other technical writers have been required to take
>minutes in meetings (as their main function) and what was the level of
>detail that you were expected to produce in your minutes document? At this
>corporation where I'm on contract part-time, they expect technical writers
>to attend project meetings, with their only value to produce minutes of the
>meetings.
>
>I am wondering how many other technical writers have been required to take
>minutes in meetings (as their main function) and what was the level of
>detail that you were expected to produce in your minutes document? At this
>corporation where I'm on contract part-time, they expect technical writers
>to attend project meetings, with their only value to produce minutes of the
>meetings.

So I called one of the TWs who worked for me into my office and said,
"Louise, I've got a golden opportunity for you. You are going to take
the minutes at the weekly development progress meeting." She looked at
me and said, "I'm what!!!??? Are you out of your tiny mind?"
I said, "Indulge me. After each meeting, type up the notes and take
the rest of the day off."
The first week I found her pounding away at the keyboard at 6 pm.
"Louise," I said, "I told you to take the afternoon off."
"They've changed the interface." She looked up suspiciously. "You
knew, didn't you?"
"No Louise," I said, "but I do know programmers. When do you think
they would have gotten around to letting you know?"
She grinned at me. "You're a sneaky old bastard."
"Yep, that's the biz."

-Doc
David W Lettvin
VersaText
South Hamilton, MA
978-468-1105
"You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion." - G.K. Chesterton



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