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In a nutshell, this is what a tech writer needs to succeed:
* Good communication skills (excluding writing/authoring)
* Good project management skills (excluding writing/authoring)
* Good problem solving skills (excluding writing/authoring)
* Creativity (excluding writing/authoring)
* Good command of technical concepts (excluding writing/authoring)
* Ambition/drive (excluding writing/authoring)
* Eagerness to learn (excluding writing/authoring)
* Good leadership skills (excluding writing/authoring)
Oh, and I think there's one more thing... Oh yeah...
* Ability to write/author well
IMO, there is nothing special about being a technical writer. Sure, you need
to be able to explain things well, but everything else that goes into our
jobs goes into other jobs as well. That is, if you want to succeed.
wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com
::: -----Original Message-----
::: Many of you are probably familiar with the _Project
::: Management Book of
::: Knowledge_ ("PMBOK") published by the Project Management
::: Institute. It
::: fairly outlines a consensus view of what project managers
::: need to know,
::: the tools they need to be familiar with, the disciplines they need
::: experience in.
::: Could we devise a corresponding TWBOK?
::: First let's define what tech writers ought to know; then
::: let's think
::: about certifying people as knowing the material at one or
::: more levels.
::: Sound like an idea worth bandying about?
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