RE: certification

Subject: RE: certification
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 16:57:06 -0400


We're discussing whether there are enough advanced skills that are
applicable across the board to make it possible to apply to certification.

Let me recap a conversation I had this morning. BTW...I have to be careful
of what I say on in this forum...I suggested to a new writer at my company
that she should subscribe. I also told her to only if she has a thick skin
:-)

Anyway...she tells me that her manager suggested that some documentation
should include references to UML...that it would look good.

Now...someone could take the position that they don't need to know anything
about UML as it relates to documentation because development does not
incorporate UML and ya just don't incorporate it piecemeal. OTOH, if the
writer is familiar with it (not an expert, but a working knowledge) they can
not only have a rational conversation with their boss about it, but be
involved from the documentation perspective should it be incorporated.

It's just one of those skills that won't hurt you if you don't have it
because you aren't required to know it as a tech writer, but makes you rise
to the top when the subject comes up and you're already there.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
Barnes&Noble.com
jposada -at- book -dot- com
212-414-6656
icq: 178047452
aim: jposada1
"Here lies the body of William Jay.
Who died maintaining his right of way-
He was right, dead right, as he sped along
But he's just as dead as if he were wrong
----The Boston Transcript"


>A professional anything worth their salt should have at least minimal
project management skills.
>::: - Process Analysis
>Goes hand in hand with project management, IMO.

You've worked with tech writers and you've seen posts from some writers on
this list.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
Barnes&Noble.com
jposada -at- book -dot- com
212-414-6656
icq: 178047452
aim: jposada1
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream
of things that never were, and ask why not?"
-----Robert Francis Kennedy, 1968 presidential campaign


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