Re: Just can't help myself

Subject: Re: Just can't help myself
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 11:47:04 -0700 (PDT)


> > At all of them, I was interviewing SMEs, managing the
> > project, which included full MS Project plan. BTW..at each
> > of them, a project plan was required by management.
>
> Ah hah! But does your experience symbolize the majority of TW's? I
> can't say if it should or shouldn't. Just from reading the comments
> other people make, I can say that everyone seems to have individual
> career trajectories. Some follow yours, with laid-out plans,
> guidelines for documentation, etc. Some are seat-of-the-pants, make
> it up as you go along, etc.

You actually think I can let that pass without comment? :-)

Making it up as you go along, seat of the pants project management is
NEVER the right way....it may be the way it is done due to lack of a
better method, but that doesn't make it right. It also may be the way
some do it, but to do it right, you have to have a consistant,
reproduceable process that you can reuse and build on each time you
approach the process.
> But what demonstrates that a writer knows the methodology?
> Certification courses that train you in the methodology, or
> experience in using that method in other business ventures?

Certification will always be combination of training and
expereince...you cannot have a valid certification without both.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

?Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone
amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built
the Titanic.? - Dave Barry

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