Re: What do you write?

Subject: Re: What do you write?
From: John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, Tech Writers <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2018 13:51:11 -0400

Hi guys...
I'm aware of the process, the pitfalls, the controls, the approval process
to have the department address their need and if I don't know after 27
years, I'll never learn :-).

What I'm looking for is a list of deliverables:

Right now, I'm listing:

- Tuning and Validation documents
- Tuning Process flowcharts
- Instruction Manuals
- Business Requirements Documentation
- Department Records Rention Policies
- Oversight of department LAN folders



On Wed, May 9, 2018 at 1:45 PM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
wrote:

> You will need to know which people and other entities are the sources for
> correct information, and which ones actually have sign-off authority.
>
> You'll also need to know the level above, so you can get a definite answer
> when you ask for a signature and get a runaround, a fight, or a vacant
> chair.
>
> You'll need triage that actually works so that you can shove aside the
> merely urgent tasks to service the totally crucial ones.
>
> You'll need the active or moral support of someone in the boardroom, so
> that when some other board member asks, "What's wrong with that lunkhead
> Posada?" you don't have to spend the next three weeks defending yourself or
> signing up for food stamps.
>
> Part of your job will be attempting to prevent outside forces from getting
> in the way of the writers. It is not uncommon for certain people, too big
> for their britches, to believe that a technical or creative writer is also
> a typist, file clerk, or computer sysadmin.
>
> It may help to create whimsical job descriptions for your various kinds of
> writers. E.g., "Experienced writer: Leaps tall buildings in a single
> bound." "Lead writer: Assists others in the art of bounding." "Ex-writer:
> Falls on face. Ignores considerable assistance from above and below."
>
> I'm only scratching the metaphor here. There's lots more.
>
>
> On Wed, 09 May 2018 13:21:25 -0400, John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> Hi guys...
>>
>> I've taken control of the documentation services for my department,
>> servicing maybe 200 people.
>> I'm defining what my department will address.
>> Keeping in mind this is a bank (and therefore the chances of nuclear
>> regulations probably would probably be out of scope) and in a heavily
>> regulated area (AML Compliance), I'm curious to get your "scope" that may
>> remind me of stuff I forgot to include.
>>
>> What have you?
>>
>


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