Re: What else to tech. communicators do?

Subject: Re: What else to tech. communicators do?
From: Romay Jean Sitze <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 11:40:22 -0700

On Thu, 17 Nov 1994, Doug, Data Librarian at Ext 4225 wrote:

> An important role I have often played, both formally and informally, is to
> make the decisions of the design team explicit so they can talk about
> them; both to each other and to future users. There are good ways and bad
> ways to do this.

I believe this to be an important aspect of our roles as communicators.
(And BTW, I see myself in the broader category of communicator, not just
as a technical writer/communicator.) I find that frequently my very
infamiliarity with the topic helps me to see inconsistencies and holes in
what others are saying about it.

> The good way to do this is to be involved in facilitated design sessions as
> the "scribe."

> Anyway, the scribe furiously records all this activity, court-reporter
> style, during the meeting, and then creates a document that succinctly and
> clearly describes what the group decided, how the group decided it, and
> what the remaining issues are.

I should think that we ought to be considering the use of a tape
recorder--at least to supplement our notes. (I find that taping the
conversation allows more freedom to jot down questions as they occur to me
without being afraid that I will miss getting something important written...


RoMay Sitze rositze -at- nmsu -dot- edu

Practice makes perfect--or perfectly awful.
It depends on what you practice.


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