Re: Technical Writers per Developer

Subject: Re: Technical Writers per Developer
From: Nancy Hoft - CONTRACTOR HRIS <nhoft -at- MICMAC -dot- EAST -dot- SUN -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 18:30:29 GMT

This topic has come up before, I think. And I wonder whether this metric--
number of writers per developer, or conversely, number of developers per
writer--makes sense at all. It seems very simplistic and not related to
the real issue: we need more talented writers to do great work on time.

I've typically been the only writer in engineering groups ranging in size
from four or five to 30-50. The ratio was always irrelevant to me. If I got
work done, on time, and produced high quality deliverables, then I was fine.
I started to realize that the quality of my work was at risk, or when I needed
work more hours than I wanted to on the project, I put up a red flag. I never
a problem.

I think a more appropriate metric should consider the amount of work to be done,
schedule, the time required to do a high-quality job, the roles and
of the writer(s), and so on.

Nancy Hoft

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