Re: Experience vs Steeling

Subject: Re: Experience vs Steeling
From: Fred Sampson <wfreds -at- cruzio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 08:12:09 -0700

Presumably you were hired for your experience; you can't just leave that behind at a previous job, and you would be shortchanging yourself and your next employer to ignore what you've learned.

Where to draw the line? I wouldn't take the same document, templates and all, and just rewrite it for the new situation. But the ideas, the organization, the issues, those you can reuse.


Ashley asked:

Where do you draw the line when using styles, ideas, and experiences that
you gained from previous positions at your current position? For example, at
a previous job I was assigned the task of writing a SOP for technical
writers. If I found that to be a useful tool, is it unethical for me to
create another SOP for my new job? They may have a similar design and
address some of the same issues, but they are not the same because they are
for a different group of writers (with different needs, tasks, etc.) and
explains how to document a different product.

When does it stop being a project that uses your previous experience and
starts becoming a rip-off of a previous project?


Fred Sampson
Information Developer
fred -at- fredsampson -dot- com


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