Re: Technical Writers per Developer

Subject: Re: Technical Writers per Developer
From: porbeton <porbeton -at- TIAC -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 00:37:12 GMT

Chris -

The ratio often depends on the type of development organization being
supported. Application software development has a higher ratio (7:1
is typical) than systems software (4:1 is typical). Another factor is
the role of the writer - some companies use the writer to "clean up" an
engineer's draft. This results in higher ratios. If writers are in
place to produce functional specifications, test and document with
pre-release software, etc. the ratios are lower.


Chris Grierson <ab703 -at- dayton -dot- wright -dot- edu> wrote:

> 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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