RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual

Subject: RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual
From: "Latella, Vincent" <VINCENT -dot- LATELLA -at- saic -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:16:04 -0400

If we all "let it go" as the profession develops, how will we define
what's *our own* when it comes to interviewing and giving samples of
work we've done?

Interviewer: OK, so do you have any samples to show us?
Interviewee: Sure. Here's a user guide that I... well... that I wrote a
portion of.
Interviewer: A portion.
Interviewee: Yeah. See that login sequence? That was me. Oh... and the
last step of the fifth section. That was mine as well.




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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+vincent -dot- latella=saic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Char James-Tanny
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2009 3:05 PM
To: TECHWR-L Writing
Subject: Re: Hey! She messed with *my* manual

As more and more companies go to content management and components,
this feeling will have to be addressed...and folks will have to let it
go.

I went to a meeting last year at a company that had instituted DITA.
The print author and the online Help author were there, and explained
how they had 35% reuse in the Help...even though it was a subset of
the print. My impression was that they didn't achieve 100% reuse in
the Help because the authors weren't able to work together or to let
go of owning specific topics.

So why would something like this matter? It causes an increase in
development time, it causes an increase in editing time, it causes an
increase in QA time, and it costs more to translate. And then there's
less time available to document new features or other products.

I know that it's hard to let go of projects that you've created. But
to successfully move to content management, you have to. (You can
still feel that twinge, though.)

Char James-Tanny ~ JTF Associates, Inc. ~ http://www.helpstuff.com
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Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Downing, David
Re: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Kathleen MacDowell
RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Downing, David
Re: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Char James-Tanny

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