Re: Tipoz n Resumes

Subject: Re: Tipoz n Resumes
From: John Fulton <jfulton -at- LSI-DSP -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 16:40:40 +0000

Robert Plamondon wrote:

>>Scenario 1: If you have a single writer, get another and have them edit
>>each other's work. Doubles your documentation costs.

>>Scenario 2: If you have a group of four writers, get an editor to edit
>>their work. Increases already-high documentation costs by 25%.

>All of these scenarios are false. If one hires a single writer, one
>has two people involved in documentation: the writer, and the hiring
>manager. They should edit each other's work.

Unless the hiring manager is a former programmer who can't string two
words together unless they're in C++. It happens.

>In a group of four writers, they can all edit each other's work, or the
>one that is the best editor can edit the other three, and the one who's
>the second-best editor can edit the work of the best editor. The writer
>with the heavy editing workload would, of course, be given lighter
>writing assignments.

Yes! Exactly! Sometimes technical writers have to be editors too, when
there isn't an editor to do it for them: editing becomes an important
skill, as important as writing, when recruiting for a group like this.

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