I’ve long been critical of the technical writing profession on this blog and in some of my other writing. It’s not because I hate technical writing – I do love it – rather it’s because I’ve seen some critical missteps from both the technical writing profession and those that hire them. After all, I am a technical writer so I do question.
One of the worst things an organization can do to self sabotage their technical documentation efforts is to make their technical writing group a parking lot or dumping ground for employees that other group’s don’t want. This can lead to a number of issues that can eventually have a ripple effect across an entire project: