TW Process Maturity -Reply

Subject: TW Process Maturity -Reply
From: Carol Van Natta <CVANNATT -at- ITC -dot- NRCS -dot- USDA -dot- GOV>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 11:55:12 -0700

I've worked in Denver, Austin, Los Angeles, and now again
near Denver. The process maturity level and my level of
status/respect has changed with time, not with location.
(10-15 years ago, it was "you're a technical *what*?". Now
most people know what I do without [much] explanation.) My
status is also what I make of it -- I have 17 years experience,
a Master's, and am confident in my professional skills;
employers and coworkers treat me accordingly.

>>> Anthony Markatos <tonymar -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM> 2/4/98
10:43 am >>>
Questions to all TWs:

1.) Is the process maturity level of technical writing jobs
regional?
I have worked both on the west coast (Los Angeles and San
Diego) and in
the mid west (Cleveland). I experienced significantly more
emphasis on
project management (i.e., a higher level of process maturity)
on the
west coast - especially in the area of end user task analysis.

2.) I have heard that technical writers have higher status on
the two
coasts than anywhere in between. Do you agree/disagree?

Anthony Markatos

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