Re: WritersUA Tools Survey

Subject: Re: WritersUA Tools Survey
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mike Sawyer <mike -at- sawyerhome -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:45:14 -0500

You should spend time going after the correct numbers to make your
case. # of people who report using a tool on a survey is not a basis
for why you need to use it. Your number should include productivity
measurements and other ROI metrics that are specific to your job at
your company. Otherwise the time wasted cleaning up the data in Excel
is the least of your worries.

On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 9:34 AM, Mike Sawyer <mike -at- sawyerhome -dot- net> wrote:
> I don't know about the rest of you, but it's hard to take seriously a survey
> that leaves off the two of THE most commonly used tools in tech writing,
> even if ubiquitous--ESPECIALLY if ubiquitous. If this list is intended to be
> used to influence purchasing decisions, and if you happen to have a boss
> that won't consider something unless it's a happy number on a clear list,
> the list just doesn't make the cut. I can't go to my boss with this and
> explain why we need to stay with FrameMaker. It's my informed opinion
> against his uninformed one, and it's sad to say which will hold sway...
> If you provide the survey list sorted only alphabetically, at least provide
> the data in a simple format for download so we can do the sort ourselves.
> (I'm currently cleaning it up in Excel)

Bill Swallow

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