RE: Naming a department

Subject: RE: Naming a department
From: "Mike McCallister" <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com>
To: "Paul Goble" <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:08:39 -0600

I'll admit to being somewhat enamored of "User Assistance." This meets
all your current goals (well, except for the 'one word' part), and could
be stretched to meet marcom if push comes to shove. ;-)



Mike McCallister
Document Architect
PKWARE, Inc.

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Subject: Naming a department

One of our favorite debates here has been, "What should I call myself?"
But we haven't recently discussed "What should I call my department?"

I just began a job as the sole technical writer at a growing company,
and I'd like to make a sign to hang over my door.

I want a name that says "Come here for post-sales instructional and
informational materials, usability consulting, and editing, but go down
the hall to find the guy who writes brochures." (Of course, the
department may expand to include things like Marcom, so I'll listen to
those options, too.) The ideal name will be a single word which
conveys, without explanation, the full spectrum of what an enlightened
technical communicator does, while looking very impressive when printed
on a resume :-).

So far, I'm considering:
-Documentation
-Technical Publications
-Technical Writing
-Information Design
-Communication

What's your advice?

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Naming a department: From: Paul Goble

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