Re: Technical writing in the development process

Subject: Re: Technical writing in the development process
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Me Too <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 04:57:45 -0700 (PDT)

> > I was wondering if I could get some responses about
> > how you as a technical writer are involved in the software
> > development process.
> About as much as a day laborer is involved in
> designing the house.

Just so everyone knows it can be better...

I'm at a gig now where the documentation department is involved
pretty much from the fact, we participate in writing
the Functional Specs and we also create a sepate document called a
Documentation Requirements Specification and it goes out to all the
project players.

Each PM is also required to invite someone from documentation to each
project meeting, usualy held once a week. OTOH, we are obligated to
make sure someone is available to attend...sometimes not so easy at
the end of the deadline.

I have to say that of the 12 gigs I've been at in almost 20 years,
documentation is taken more seriously here than anywhere I've been

> Your experiences are probably par for the course, and
> I seriously doubt that you can do anything about them
> unless you are working for managers who actually care
> a fig about documentation. In other words, your chance

Correct...the documentation manager here is on the same hierarchy
level as the QA manager and the Dev manager with as much
yes/no/go/no-go input as anyone else.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

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