RE: teaching technical writing to engineers

Subject: RE: teaching technical writing to engineers
From: "walden miller" <wmiller -at- vidiom -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 12:02:11 -0700

I would strongly recommend teaching engineering writing to engineers.

That is use writing tasks that are applicable to tasks engineers are most
likely to be asked to do:

White papers
Documenting UML diagrams
Test assertions
API design docs
Hw design docs
Process docs

I would also want to teach the relationship between designing and testing
and documenting.

Many of the responses so far have been essentially trying to get the
engineer to work with writers better. That is nice. It doesn't necessarily
help the engineer with her job. Better communication skills and better
writing skills for their job will help them. As a side effect, it will make
a tech writers job easier as well.

Having a great source document and an engineer that understands the rigor
that a great source document requires will be a major plus in any
engineering process.



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