Re: Non-TW supervisor

Subject: Re: Non-TW supervisor
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 09:41:00 -0600

On Wednesday, May 10, 2006, Edwin Skau wrote:

> There are good supervisors and bad ones. From my experience, it has
> little to do whether they have a tech communication background or not.
> Incidentally, the bad ones with a TC background are usually a lot
> worse than the bad ones without.

I am reading all these replies about managers with amusement (and a bit of

As I mentioned in another post, I have recently become the manager of our group
(Software Support). I have no prior management skills; heck, I don't even have
formal technical writing training but I have been doing it for 15 years.

So here I am, a non-experienced manager with a tech writing background. I am
Edwin's worst nightmare ;)

Regarding the poster's original question -- none of my managers have had a tech
writing background. As Bill and John have mentioned (I fully agree with both of
their posts), I haven't found this to be a problem. In fact, in most cases, I think it
works to your advantage. If you do a good job, you'll be regarded as the "expert"
in the company, and people will respect your opinions and your judgment.

Dana W.

Dana Worley
Manager, Software Support Group
Campbell Scientific, Inc.
Microsoft MVP, Windows Help 2003-2006


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