Category: Technical Writer

Technical Writing | Disaster Recovery Plan

Document the Disaster Recovery Plan Remember, to be effective you must be prepared to document the plan. Without the documentation you risk the possibility of NOT recovering from a disaster, therefore placing the entire company at risk. If you have no existing documentation that describes the functions of the...

Technical Writing | Technical documentation vs Helpdesk

Technical Documentation vs Helpdesk – Despite the reluctance to invest in technical documentation, many managers bypass a proven way to cut back on calls to the Helpdesk. No doubt many helpdesks provide an excellent service and manage the demands of the users. The problem with most technical documentation including...

Technical Writing | What is technical writing and why you need it

What is Technical Writing? Technical writing is a skill and should you hear a Project Manager or Subject Matter Expert say: ‘anyone can write so “why do you need a Technical Writer?” continue reading. Technical Writing like many jobs has many facets. The fact you see Writer in the...

Technical Writing | Why your business needs Technical documentation

Managers underestimate the purpose of technical documentation until they discover they have no relevant documentation. Listed below are 6 reasons why you need technical documentation Without technical documentation you have no historical record of any project ever completed within the company You have no metrics against which to measure current...

Technical Writing | The cost of Technical and Process documentation

Why is it that companies view the cost of Technical and Process documentation as an unnecessary expenditure rather than viewing documentation as a centre of knowledge? Management seems to have a blind spot with documentation and conveniently forgets the role of documentation. When redundancies beckon, I know how quickly management...

Technical Writing | Hiring a Technical Writer

Budgets for the job When you start the process of Hiring a Technical Writer, my advice is this: do not cut corners when sourcing a budget: Check the daily rates/hourly rates. Do not expect an experienced technical writer if the daily rate is derisory. If your rate is low, you will attract...

Technical writing | Now that you have Technical Documentation

So, after the initial shock of discovering what happens when you have no technical documentation, what can you achieve now that you have technical documentation? 1: Have you employed/contracted a Technical Author . . . Great!! If not what’s holding you back . . . remember we bring value...

Technical Writing | The Problem with Shared Drives

It is not unusual to find companies still use Shared Drives to store their documentation. As many Technical Writers will point out, the problem with shared drives is that they are neither secure nor searchable. What is the problem with shared drives? The folder structure has too many levels meaning documents...