David Ryan, cofounder of a company called Corilla, has garnered responses from 333 technical communicators for a “Life in Docs 2018” survey. The respondents answered questions about how we do our work and what we like and dislike about it.
I’d include a link to Corilla’s website, but at this writing the site is down.
Overall, the results don’t surprise. We technical writers are happy at our work, we use a variety of tools and processes, and we want to collaborate more effectively.
Today I want to zero in on a section in Ryan’s “insights” post, titled Communities of practice are the cultural engine room.
The survey didn’t have questions about associations or affiliations, so I don’t know how Ryan arrived at this “insight.” Perhaps he tripped over his own bias toward looser-knit, informal communities and against established societies.
That said, it’s a point worth discussing. Continue reading