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What struck me is that Chad Dickerson's favorite quote from Ambler is a version of Strunk and White's "Vigorous writing is concise."
This is a reason to hire a tech writer, IMO. We (should) excel at understanding complex systems and turning out clear, concise explanations of them, no matter the environment: agile, extreme, traditional...
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can.
That is the only secret of style. -- Matthew Arnold
Sr. Technical Writer
Trend Micro Incorporated