RE: Documentation there really such a creature?

Subject: RE: Documentation there really such a creature?
From: "Joe Malin" <jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com>
To: <j_goldstein -at- juno -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 15:24:21 -0700

I would think that I'd been promoted.

I know that the title "Information Architect" exists at IBM. It
apparently is for high-level individual contributors(ICs).

This is typical for Silicon Valley at least; most companies have a
dual-path hierarchy of titles. The management titles are usually
reserved for people who have people reporting to them. The IC titles are
for people who don't have "reports" or don't do evaluations.

For example, I know one company that has this management hierarchy (sort

senior supervisor
senior manager
senior director
Senior VP

and this IC hierarchy

junior <x>
senior <x>
principal <x>
consulting <x>
<x> architect

In the good ol' days, HP had a much more flat "title" system. It
basically went

project manager
section manager
lab manager/marketing manager/support manager/manufacturing
manager/finance manager
division manager
group manager
bill and dave

As far as I remember, there were only junior engineers, engineers, and
senior engineers

all of the hierarchy stuff was limited to performance/salary evaluation,
and kept rather secret.

Joe Malin
Technical Writer
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
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Subject: Documentation there really such a creature?

Hi all,
I have the interesting opportunity to take on the role of "Documentation
Architect" (or, as my company calls it...Staff Technical Writer). I'm
trying to figure out just what this job should/could be. There is a job
description, but it's kind of vague.
So, just out of curiousity, if you were appointed your group's
"Documentation Architect," how would you define this job...or what would
YOU do if you had such an exalted (or pretentious?) title?
Thanks for your thoughts,
Joan Goldstein

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