RE: Blurring the line between writer and engineer

Subject: RE: Blurring the line between writer and engineer
From: "David Artman" <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
To: "Rick Lippincott" <rjl6955 -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:19:52 -0700

I have only ever effected HW changes when I've pointed out poor design
for serviceability while writing service procedures (e.g., relocate
screws or add cutouts).

VERY rare.

I often point out SW changes that could/should be made, especially when
I find myself written into a corner (e.g., when I realized I was having
to write "click the upper Add button" versus "click the lower Add
button", I suggested adding field labels or renaming the Add buttons to
distinguish them). Or when I find myself writing bad grammar to quote a
field name or message (i.e., a 'bug' in the text itself, requiring a
correction in code). Or when I find that controls on a screen are
inconsistently structured or worded (i.e., incoherent/sloppy).

VERY common, especially in 'Agile development' environments that don't
quite understand that "Agile" <> "no planning or design discussion".


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Blurring the line between writer and engineer
From: Rick Lippincott <[1]rjl6955 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, December 14, 2015 6:41 pm
To: TECHWR-L Writing <[2]techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>

Two questions, just out of curiosity:
* For hardware tech writers (especially large "heavy metal" writers),
do you find that you're doing this...frequently? Rarely? Ever?
* For software tech you ever find that you're writing


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