RE: Life Cycle PLanning

Subject: RE: Life Cycle PLanning
From: Rose -dot- Wilcox -at- wellsfargo -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 14:56:36 -0800

<<Hi Jess

Testing is a specialised area of the project and usually left up to the
software development team.

Tech writers often test and report errors to the development team as part of
their research. I have never been asked to do dedicated testing when hired
to do technical writing, but I suppose it is possible.


I imagine it varies from place to place. In some of the more mature
organizations I have worked for testing is not left up to software
development, but rather is run by a dedicated QA department. Software
development teams do unit testing before they turn the product over to the
QA department.

In more immature organizations, as a tech writer I did a lot of testing, but
it was more ad hoc than the types of organized testing that I learned in
dedicated QA departments. Sometimes I have been assigned as a technical
writer to a QA department and learned to write Test Plans, cases, and
scripts -- in other words, they taught me to function as software QA tester.

Rose A. Wilcox
Procedure Writer, Test Script Writer
Business Analyst

rose -dot- wilcox -at- wellsfargo -dot- com
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480-580-0530 (cell)

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