RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

Subject: RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 17:57:22 -0400

Eric...The following list is off the top of my head, and while nobody uses
all of these, I'd guess that most of the higher end writers and department
managers would like to have a solid foundation of most of them. Please
excuse the form they take, some are more wide open than I'd like, but it is
Friday afternoon and I'm kinda crispy around the edges....and yes, some of
these are SW specific, but I'm sure many of them could be refined to include
a wider base.

Understand...I'm not thinking of the writer, no matter how good, who is deep
in a specialty and wants to stay there. S/he doesn't need certification. I'm
thinking more of the "gun for hire" writer who can come writing in on a
white horse to rescue an initiative or release, guns a-blazing, sits down
with the CTO, CFO, and executive committee and says "Gimme your best
shot...I can take it!"

psychology and people-management
process management
project management
typography and design
legal and copywrite law
The alphabets: UML, SDLC, XML, SGML, CMM, ISO
Online presentation design
Database principles
Electronic delivery and Output(ing)
Source Control and Version Management
Content Management
Single Sourcing
Open Source
W3C issues
Rapid Development

-----Original Message-----
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
[mailto:eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 12:30 PM
To: John Posada; TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Subject: RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

>> OTOH, I want the whole field to have less people but those who are
>>in it, more qualified. I'm not worried about getting lost in the crowd. We
>>could be more than we are now.

Nice sentiment. I know you're all discussing this off-list, but I still
seen one example of a qualification that you can claim makes me worthy of
titled 'Tech Writer"tm that applies to my job and yours. Except for writing,
presentation, organisation, and language skills. All of which get shot down
secondary to our REALtm proffession and which are already covered by the
maligned STC. It's not that I refuse to learn technologies outside my
What I do refuse is that any person/group/organisation/cult tell me which
qualifications outside my domain I MUST have to be considered worthy of in


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