RE: The End Of Technical Writing

Subject: RE: The End Of Technical Writing
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 14:23:16 -0400

> > 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

Tony was talking about only *one* activity -- redrawing by hand.

Bonnie Granat


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