On July 1st, I will have been a Programmer Writer at Sitecore for a whole year! It is a fun and challenging job that requires you to switch hats many times during the course of a day.
Here are the five jobs you can expect to perform as a Programmer Writer at Sitecore.
There will be a lot of meetings with a lot of information – particularly at the start of a project. Here are some things I wish I had done from day 1:
If you are working in a platform, it is likely that your product will have internal consumers – such as other development teams – long before the product is released.
Take some of the heat off the development team by acting as support for these users and reap the benefits:
If you are a single writer working for a large team, you will have the most comprehensive understanding of the whole product when it ships. Help facilitate uptake by presenting at conferences or user groups, or take an active part in developing training materials.
There are plenty of ways to communicate information, and video is set to take over the internet (apparently…). Although it would be nice to produce video content for every topic, there are only so many hours in the day. Here are some tips for getting video content out the door quickly:
Occasionally, you will be called upon to write actual documentation. You will probably have writer’s block Monday – Thursday and recover your inspiration at 17:59 on Friday afternoon.