Monday, 21 May 2007

Is "VE" the real threat to "TW"?

I noticed that the BBC's economics editor, Evan Davis, had a blog today about "VE" - "Value Engineering". Evans writes:
at its narrowest, value engineering is about paring costs. And that probably remains its most common everyday application: thinking about every aspect of a process and a product to deliver an objective as cost-effectively as possible

I think that's what happens quite often to my profession of technical writing ("TW" to its intimates). Once managers decide that "no-one reads the manual" - an assertion generally made without any objective evidence - then it's easy to say "we don't need to bother to write the manual" as well.
It's a huge and ongoing challenge for technical writers to demonstrate the value they do add in everything they do.

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