RE: Technical Writers to Engineers Ratio?

Subject: RE: Technical Writers to Engineers Ratio?
From: Lisa Kemp <lnk -at- ontario -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 14:56:30 -0500

I have done extensive research in the archives and in the STC management SIG
list. Here is what I've discovered. It depends. : )
Ratios range from 1:many to 1:1, but it seems a typical range is between
1:10 and 1:5. To determine at which end of the range your group belongs,
consider the following questions:
- Does your development group practice Rapid Application Development?
- Is your group lagging behind the development effort?
- What is the experience level of your current staff?
- Does functionality overlap (i.e. Do you need to know one feature to fully
understand another?)?
- Do you incorporate editing duties in your job description?
- Do your developers work remotely from TCs?

I use the range 1:10 to 1:5 along with the answers to these questions to
determine staffing requirements for each fiscal year.

Lisa Kemp
Ontario Systems


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