Specifications and Technical Communication
16 and 23 March 2021 (Tuesdays)
This two-session asynchronous course will look at the nature of specifications from a technical communicator’s point of view: their purpose, the kinds of specifications a technical communicator is likely to encounter or be asked to write, and their interaction with technical documents.
Each session is prerecorded and will be made available for course participants to view at a time convenient for them. In addition to the recorded sessions there will be opportunities to interact with the course leader and other participants to ask questions, exchange experiences, and debate issues.
• Understand what specifications do and don’t do
• Examine their relationship to customer-facing technical publications
• Learn about the different types of specifications and how to write them
• Learn about specifying technical content – doc specs, style guides, SOP’s.
• Specifications in an agile environment
This course is designed for beginning to mid-level technical communicators who use specifications as source material, or need to write specifications for products or internal processes.
Session 1: The specifics of specifications
Session 2: Specifying technical content