RE: Article: "Living Documentation"

Subject: RE: Article: "Living Documentation"
From: "Barbara Yanez" <BarbaraYanez -at- cogentsystems -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 11:14:51 -0800

Hi Beth

True, very true, but this happens in every profession.

I was in the accounting and finance field at one time - and I saw tons
of people like this in that field too.

It is amazing how people can come off in a job interview, and, for a
time, in the organization after they are hired. It would amaze me how
some people could mask inadequacies. Often they would do so by making up
for them with people-skills, charm, and political savvy, not to mention
having friends in the right places.

Barbara Yanez
Integration Group
Mgr - Documentation
(626) 799-8090 x 419
byanez -at- cogentsystems -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Beth Agnew wrote:

Some of these "non-understanding tech writers" have developed amazing
skills that allow them to pass themselves off as competent. I have come
across a few in my time. They are clever at fooling other people. Just
people who cannot read manipulate situations so that they avoid being
exposed, these un-writers develop ways of masking their inadequacies.

When they work for a non-technical manager, they get away with
If they can continue to work for and with people who do not know the
difference, they can enjoy lengthy and lucrative careers as technical
writers. Unfortunately, this contributes to the perception that
don't contribute much to an organization, because certainly these people

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