RE: The End Of Technical Writing

Subject: RE: The End Of Technical Writing
From: Kat Nagel <mlists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 15:35:32 -0400

Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote on 10/27/2004 07:00:47 PM:

I'm a passionate data flow diagrammer (a tool
for rigorous top-down task analysis). All true data
flow diagrammer's are noted for their fervent approach
to task analysis.

Data flow diagrams are a tool. As with any other tool, it is easy to become so obsessed with the tool that one treats it as a religious icon, a cure for all ills, and the *only* way to function as a truly professional [fill in the blank with your preferred job title]. Too often, tool fanatics condemn others for ignoring the obvious fascination of *their* tool.

Fiddlesticks. Tools is tools. The means for getting the job done. And, often, one tool is reallytruly as good as another, in spite of personal preferences.

Now, I like data flow diagrams. Sometimes they are extremely useful. They are always fun, providing a respectable workday substitute for the 2000-piece jigsaw puzzles that I play with outside of work hours. But, dataflow diagrams can also be voracious time-consuming hogs and most of my projects just don't deserve them.

Kat Nagel, MasterWork Consulting

katnagel -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com



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