RE: Skills matrix

Subject: RE: Skills matrix
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 08:10:41 -0700

To the theory section, I would add some/all of the following:
* project management - trust me, you need this individually
* printing technologies - hard and soft copy
* fonts technology - hard and soft copy
* graphics technology - hard and soft copy
* color technology - hard and soft copy
* network technology - doesn't need to be deep, but you have to understand
mapping folders, etc.
* programming - the concepts are invaluable, even if you are not documenting

To the tools section, I would add:
* at least 1 illustration tool
* at least 1 graphics tool
* your computer - it is NOT assumed that because you are writers that you
understand computers. Too many of us don't understand how or why they work
and it scares me.
* Windows - same as above
* Acrobat, including Distiller

I am sure there is more, but that is what I can think of with little coffee.
Notice all of my ideas are about being more technical, which, I think, your
list is short on. But I also need more coffee.


Sharon Burton-Hardin
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-71429 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Gordon
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 7:46 AM
Subject: Skills matrix

OK, theory time people!

I've been asked to contribute to our a company wide skills matrix. Each area
will have it's own matrix with one being 'general' attributes such as time
planning, business awareness etc etc. Each 'skill' is broken into two levels
(or three if required).

So (and this is probably more of a check) what should I put down for

So far I have (and yes it COULD be a huge list, but we've been told to stick
to main areas):
Product Documentation Creation
Planning Content

Tool Knowledge
FrameMaker Knowledge
RoboHelp Knowledge

Information Design
Writing Discipline
My main concern is missing something obvious and making a rod for our backs
later on (not sure how this matrix is going to be used, just that it MUST
been done... ho hum)

Any advice, or info is welcome.


Gordon McLean
Technical Communications Team Leader
3 Atlantic Quay
20 York Street
Tel: +44(0)141 227 7600
Fax: +44 (0)141 227 7601
mailto:gordon -dot- mclean -at- mclarenkvisia -dot- com

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