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> However, there is (or should be) some 'skills' that we all have in
> common. We should ALL be able to write clearly and concisely etc
I don't think that is a core competency. Does a TW manager need to do
that? Does a help author, one involved with single sourcing where
they receive thew content have to do that? How about a web designer,
The core is to produce/participate in a deliverable that meets the
I still say we need to get above the day to day skill for
certification. What do we do at the overall level?
- We manage our project or part of the project.
- We commit to doing whatever it is that we do within the parameters
of what we are allowed.
- We determine what it is we need to do, line up/arrange for the
resources needed to do our job.
- We manage the expectation of what we can deliver vs what they want
To do these things, we need to know things....like what? In the 4-5
gigs in recent memory, they've all had in common:
- Understand how to document business processes and IT processes
- Understand general Windows technologies
- Have an understanding of user Interface concepts
- Be able to present a start-to-end project plan of what I needed to
do, the resources needed, and the expected result.
- In what form I was going to deliver the deliverable based on the
systems available to me, their limitations, and how my targeted
audience is able to access it.
I think this is the direction we should be looking at...not whether I
can write the clearest paragraph using the least number of words.
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