RE: document your job?

Subject: RE: document your job?
From: Dana Worley <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com >> TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:26:49 +0000

One thing I haven't seen mentioned is, if you document your job, there is a record for those who determine your fate of what you actually DO. Many times people really don't understand all the tasks a technical writer manages (or any employee, for that matter).


Dana Worley
Product Manager, Software Products
Campbell Scientific, Inc.
Jester's Baubles Fused Glass Designs

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Is there a good reason, from the writer perspective, to pull all the documentation for such an environment together in one place, one document? Without the carrot/stick of ISO preparation looming?

I figure if I get killed or long-term hospitalized, I'm past caring what my replacement does. If I get laid off, well, you can fill in the blanks regarding how helpful I want to be to my lower-paid replacement, or to a company that tossed me to the curb. They'll figure it out, or reinvent it.
If I get promoted/transferred, I'll have time to coach my replacement.

Let's hear other perspectives.


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