Re: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer

Subject: Re: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com" <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:06:03 -0400

On Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:49:07 -0400, Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com> wrote:

But that pigeonholes you into being a communicator.

What I'm trying to get at is skills that might transcend that, but use pieces of what we know and can do from the foundation of our roles.

I've told this story before, but it may be helpful here:

Product Mgr: "When is the software going to be ready to ship?"
Dev Mgr: "As soon as Laura (tech writer) stops finding bugs in it."
TW Mgr: "Are you saying that you would prefer the customer to find the bugs?"
Dev Mgr: "That's not what I meant at all!"

I have occasionally had to ask, "Would you prefer me to document according to the project plan, or to the design specs, or to the written code, or to the way I think the product should work?" The answer is usually not pleasant, sometimes suggesting that I should stick to writing.
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RE: Transferable skills of a Tech Writer: From: Janoff, Steven

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