Re: A semi-hard landing....

Subject: Re: A semi-hard landing....
From: "Ethan Metsger" <emetsger -at- obj-sys -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 08:20:58 -0500

On Sun, 22 Apr 2007 17:18:15 -0500, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> I wonder if this is yet another characterisitc of the way things
> work in the software industry. In most companies I've
> worked in we did research, designed, reviewed, revised and
> re-reviewed multiple times before ever cutting the first piece
> of metal (i.e., "measure twice, cut once"). The idea that
> anyone on the team - engineers, tech writers, etc. - should
> be whacking out "deliverables" from day one without first
> doing the preliminaries would be considered madness.

Good software engineering companies do the same, of course. My experience
in the industry is fairly limited, but I have found that proper design
trumps extensive QA. One company I worked for had testing all figured
out, and they did it extremely well. Unfortunately, the software was so
poorly engineered that fixing one test failure would likely induce others.

Another company (somewhat smaller) had a relatively poor grasp of testing
with considerably less QA steps; but the product as a whole was engineered
much better.

It just depends on where you go.



Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

Now shipping: Help &amp; Manual 4 with RoboHelp(r) import! New editor,
full Unicode support. Create help files, web-based help and PDF in up
to 106 languages with Help &amp; Manual:

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

RE: A semi-hard landing....: From: James Barrow
Re: A semi-hard landing....: From: Gene Kim-Eng

Previous by Author: Re: WebWorks produces double-spaced Preformatted Text
Next by Author: RE: Requirements tracking software
Previous by Thread: Re: A semi-hard landing....
Next by Thread: Re: A semi-hard landing....

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads