Where Are Techwriters Located in the Organization?

Subject: Where Are Techwriters Located in the Organization?
From: George Hayhoe <george -dot- hayhoe -at- SRS -dot- GOV>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 08:44:00 -0400

Robbie Rupel presented a fascinating summary of responses to his
question posted a week or so ago. There's a third possibility, though,
to the options of locating writers on project teams or placing them in
separate writing organizations, and that is to blend the two. (Sorry I
didn't respond to your original posting, Robbie, but the past few
weeks have been wild.)

I currently lead a team of technical communicators (three
writer/editors, an illustrator, and a requirements analyst) within the
software development organization at Savannah River Site. We're paid
on the same scale as the software engineers, and we have worked hard
to earn the respect and regard of our colleagues. We are assigned to
"vertical" (relatively short time span, project-specific) development
teams (I assign the communicators to projects based on availability,
skill mix, etc.), but we have also maintained cohesiveness as a
"horizontal" (continuing, skill-specific) tech comm team.

Of course, all good things end, and by the end of April, our team will
be dissolved. We're all taking voluntary separation incentives, in
part to avoid being consolidated into a company-wide tech comm
organization!

--George Hayhoe (george -dot- hayhoe -at- srs -dot- gov)
Assistant to the President for Recognition Programs, STC


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