Re: It doesn't look good for Tina the Tech Writer

Subject: Re: It doesn't look good for Tina the Tech Writer
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: "Ron Hearn" <rhearn -at- central1 -dot- com>, "techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:41:50 -0400

ROFL.

A friend of mine related a story a few months ago. He works in the mining industry and they build multi-million dollar machines. Mining industry has safety requirements for everything and one mistake can get a company banned from a mine until everyone in the company has re-certified on the safety. One document is a commissioning manual that tells how to put it back together and get it running after it has been shipped in piece to a customer.

Manufacturing engineering decided they were better equipped (smarter) on how to do this, so one ME did just that. About 3 weeks before they were to deliver this one prototype, they all had a meeting to confirm documentation was ready. My friend watched the ME put up his document, a PowerPoint presentation full of pictures and little else.

After he was done, friend looked at the ME and told him "You'd better get your resume up to date, because if you send that to the customer, and even one person gets hurts, we are out of business." He then turned to the PM and told him, "You send that out, and you had better just give them the machine because it would be cheaper."

He said the PM was expectedly hot and turned to the Product Support manager to complain when the PS manager said, "He's right. That load of __ is worthless and the lawyers will eat us alive."


Engineers may understand how to design and build something, but they have still to learn how to deal with people in the real world and the legal ramifications their products incur.

A month later, that ME was gone in a layoff.


I bet Scott Adams doesn't include something like that in Tina's layoff story.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Hearn" <rhearn -at- central1 -dot- com>
Cc: "techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2016 1:09 PM
Subject: RE: It doesn't look good for Tina the Tech Writer



The heading on the strip says "Tina isn't an engineer".


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