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Chapter 2

  1. 1. Chapter 2 Preparing an Effective Technical Document
  2. 2. Complete the Key Tasks <ul><li>Deliver the essential information </li></ul><ul><li>Make a persuasive case </li></ul><ul><li>Weigh the ethical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Work in teams </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rely on Creative and Critical Thinking <ul><li>Creative Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore new ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build on information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Devise better ways of doing things </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test the strength of ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test the worth of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not accept an idea at face value </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Writing Process for Technical Documents <ul><li>Gather and evaluate ideas and information </li></ul><ul><li>Plan the document </li></ul><ul><li>Draft the document </li></ul><ul><li>Revise the document </li></ul><ul><li>Recursive Process </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Final Step <ul><li>Proofreading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic errors annoy the user and make the writer look bad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid basic errors even in drafts being reviewed by colleagues </li></ul></ul>

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