The discipline is the same for every profession: To consistently identify, specify, design and deliver the right product for the right price. What is different for every profession are the tools and techniques applied to each of those steps and how long it takes to acquire the starting point knowledge. For example, a doctor has to study longer than an accountant and the range of tools a doctor uses is much larger than an accountant. But for this overview, we will look only at the way the discipline of the profession applies to accountants, lawyers, doctors and technical communicators.
Consider the following table which summarises the activities for each step at the simplest level. (A document is any type of information product such as a printed document, a presentation, a film clip, a web page, a brochure, a manual and so on.)
|A defence.||The disease.||The real customer
and real purpose
of the document.
iation and so on).
|Content of the
and so on.
|Fit for Purpose
Separate articles will give more detail about how each step applies to Technical Communicators.