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Egoless writing: improving quality by replacing artistic impulse with engineering discipline

Egoless writing: improving quality by replacing artistic impulse with engineering discipline When technical communicators have a strong personal attachment to the publication they are preparing, this attachment may interfere with the design and testing of the publication itself. Documents developed by solo authors tend to be late, buggy, and exceedingly difficult for others to maintain. "Ego-less" methods---collaborative and structured---break the proprietary connection between the writer and the book; in so doing they permit the most powerful tools of engineering and testing to be used. But they also reduce the satisfactions of the communicator's job. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) Association for Computing Machinery

Egoless writing: improving quality by replacing artistic impulse with engineering discipline

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1527-6805
DOI
10.1145/584731.584733
Publisher site
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Abstract

When technical communicators have a strong personal attachment to the publication they are preparing, this attachment may interfere with the design and testing of the publication itself. Documents developed by solo authors tend to be late, buggy, and exceedingly difficult for others to maintain. "Ego-less" methods---collaborative and structured---break the proprietary connection between the writer and the book; in so doing they permit the most powerful tools of engineering and testing to be used. But they also reduce the satisfactions of the communicator's job.

Journal

ACM Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: Feb 1, 2002

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