RE: RE: Technical Writing and Software Testing

Subject: RE: RE: Technical Writing and Software Testing
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "'dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com'" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>, "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2012 16:59:03 +0000

While "anyone" can write documentation, not everyone is allowed to really put the software through its paces, testing for and submitting bugs.

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From: techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Dana Worley (MVP/JB)
Sent: mercredi 8 février 2012 11:42
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Subject: Re: RE: Technical Writing and Software Testing

Our testers are on the same level, if not slightly below, technical writers.

IMO, if you are not testing (e.g., noticing/submitting bugs) while writing documentation, you are not doing your job. Technical writers are always looking for ways to "improve their image" and add value -- this is a great way to do it.

Dana W.

On 12:59 PM, Kat Kuvinka wrote:
> Well...not surprising...Test is higher up in the pecking order, isn't it?
>
> Development> Test> Support OR Documentation fighting it out for the
> Development> bottom
>
> In light of the recent discussion about lowballing for writer rates, as I am looking for a job I also see low rates for testers and technical support. Developers (or "engineers") are still the elite in most organizations. Huh. They are no more engineers than I am.
>
> BTW, at my last org, Testers and Developers were offered relaocation assistance, but Writers were not.
>
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References:
Technical Writing and Software Testing: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Technical Writing and Software Testing: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: RE: Technical Writing and Software Testing: From: Dana Worley (MVP/JB)

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