Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile

Subject: Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:19:50 -0400

On Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:34:24 -0400, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

Of course, I've never worked in a successful agile implementation, so I
can't speak from good experience. I just know that teams work effectively
when they:
a) know what's expected of them

That might be any of these--one's I've actually seen:

1) Figure out what belongs in the docs by good research.
2) Guess what the final version is going to be like, because we ship as soon as the last blocking bug is cleared.
3) Ask the Dev manager, because writers have been told never to talk to programmers.

--or other rules. It may or may not be called "agile."

b) know what everyone else is doing

I've seen active efforts to hide dev's activities and thoughts from the tech writers!

A good tech writing manager (if there is one at all) heads off the difficulties. From what I've seen it is usually necessary to cultivate and employ spies.

Some tech writers manage to rise above cynicism. So far, that accomplishment has eluded me.
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References:
When to write in less-than-perfect Agile: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: When to write in less-than-perfect Agile: From: Tony Chung

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