Re: Re: It doesn't look good for Tina the Tech Writer ... OK, this makes for a good segue

Subject: Re: Re: It doesn't look good for Tina the Tech Writer ... OK, this makes for a good segue
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:39:09 -0400

We've recently had stories from William Sherman and Rick Lippincott about
times when it turned out tech writers were not just important, they were
critical to a company's successful completion of big-budget projects. I'm
sure there's more out there. (I wish I had one.)

Quantifying our day-to-day value add, though, that's hard.

I've taken to telling the designers who give me compliments to please pass
them on to my boss. Thanks to corporate acquisitions and department
rearrangements, I now work for the man who manages the designers instead of
a consolidated technical communications department. It helps him learn what
I do for his people, but it certainly isn't something you can attach a
monetary value to.

On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:55 PM, Keith Hood <bus -dot- write -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> <snip>
>
> What needs to happen is for someone to finally come up with a way to PROVE
> that the tech writer's work adds value to the product. There has to be some
> way to express it in numbers and show that the work really does bump up the
> bottom line on the quarterly report. Until that happens, certifications may
> be useful in grading applicants for hiring decisions, but they will be
> meaningless to retention.
>
>

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Lin Sims
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