Re: Tech Writers per Developer

Subject: Re: Tech Writers per Developer
From: Susan Purcell <spurcell -at- WC -dot- NOVELL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 13:49:23 PST

It seems to me that this number would vary pretty wildly.

Sorry. I wish things were simpler. But unfortunately, there are
few pat answers to questions like this one. This reminds me of when I used
to want to know the "standard" contents of a software manual.
I finally realized that there are none; except for the most
general elements of any book, the contents of a software manual (and
many other types of manuals) are determined by the features of
the software product. Period.

On the other hand, if you have a _planning_ or _political_ need to
come up with some kind of number and it's not tied to a particular
project, I'm sure you'll find the right formula for your situation.

spurcell -at- wc -dot- novell -dot- com

> The Technical Communications Department here is interested in determining
> some kind of "standard" or accepted figure for the number of technical
> writers that a company should have per developer. The Society for
> Technical Communications was unable to help, and a search of the
> literature did not produce any results. Any numbers from other
> organizations, or any ideas on how to find this data would be appreciated.

> Chris Grierson
> Information Analyst
> ugriecn -at- meaddata -dot- com

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