RE: The End Of Technical Writing

Subject: RE: The End Of Technical Writing
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 11:03:03 -0700 (PDT)

> Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote on 10/28/2004 12:20:28 PM:
> > So what, it only took a couple of hours to redraw it (with pencil
> of course).
> I'm with Bonnie. You have got to be kidding.
> Hand drawn diagrams and hours of redrawing with no advancement on
> other outstanding work would scuttle the project very quickly.

The advantage of creating diagrams by pencil (I'm partial to
ultra-fine sharpies) is that it IS slow. Slow gives you the
opportunity for discussion.

I did alot of process diagramming at B& and yes, sometimes it
would take us two hours to diagram a particular process by hand that
might have taken 10 minutes in Visio. However, during that wasted 50
minutes, I got a chance to talk to the developer, to ask why things
happened, to question his statements to understand what he REALLY
meant. By the end, what I had was an understand of what goes on, not
just a brain dump.

Speed for the sake of speed does not make a better product

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

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