Skill #11: Surviving in the Dev World

We all know that successful technical writers are more than writers: they’re designers; they’re knowledge managers; they’re support. However, for technical writers in the dev world, they’re expected to gain new skills, particularly, understanding (and writing) programming languages.

That’s a challenging next step for technical writers – and understandably so: We can create docs, but introducing programming languages can make technical writers wonder what it really takes to survive in the dev world.

In this episode, I chat with Michal Skowron and Pawel Kowaluk – technical writers at Guidewire Software in Kraków, Poland – about how you can survive in the dev world, including:

  • the technical writers’ role in a development company

  • how technical writers can gain trust and respect from developers

  • how technical writers can start learning programming languages