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Where do you rank yourself
Generalist 42%  42%  [ 5 ]
Specialist 8%  8%  [ 1 ]
Specialist with some Generalist 33%  33%  [ 4 ]
Generalist looking to become a Specialist 17%  17%  [ 2 ]
Specialist in 2 areas 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Post subject: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:21 am 
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So I've been seeing a few articles talking about Specialist vs. Generalist in the computer world. I was wondering where most people on the forum might place their selves?

The logic in most articles is specialists get paid the highest, but often do the same things over and over (so pick a specialty you enjoy). They are also saying many companies are doing away with generalist positions and just hiring specialist for each job. I would think that would not work for many small businesses. Wouldn't small business be the place for a generalist, probably backed up by a hired gun when needed?


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:11 pm 
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I am a generalist looking to become a specialist.


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:42 pm 
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Specialist.

I'm a Documentation Architect. Find two of me .. just try.


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:40 pm 
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Jipstyle wrote:
Specialist.

I'm a Documentation Architect. Find two of me .. just try.



is that a job where you can't talk about it, or a job of coming up with new ideas for documentation storage/organization? a very interesting job title, i must say, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:09 am 
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Jipstyle wrote:
Specialist.

I'm a Documentation Architect. Find two of me .. just try.


There's no such thing as two of you, but I did find another person with the same title: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stephen-m-gilson/1/906/2b3


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:26 am 
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Jipstyle wrote:
Specialist.

I'm a Documentation Architect. Find two of me .. just try.



is that a job where you can't talk about it, or a job of coming up with new ideas for documentation storage/organization? a very interesting job title, i must say, though.


In a nutshell, it is documentation organization .. finding efficient ways to organzise a library of information so that it is publishable in multiple formats. Includes defining document structures and types, publishing, content and revision management.

Interesting stuff, if you like to combine the problem-solving of programming with documentation.


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:30 am 
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Phosphorous wrote:
Jipstyle wrote:
Specialist.

I'm a Documentation Architect. Find two of me .. just try.


There's no such thing as two of you, but I did find another person with the same title: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stephen-m-gilson/1/906/2b3


This part of his resume is similar to mine:
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The products that I specialize in are typically delivered as an SDK for a developer audience. These products require that the documentation focuses on code samples and provide solutions to common development tasks.


This part annoys me, because it isn't Doc Architecture:

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In my role as documentation architect, I have explored new ways to connect with our developer community. We now produce content for the web as HTML, publish to blogs, and deliver traditional in-product help systems. We also rely more and more on XML-based tools so that we can customize our content for multiple delivery formats.


That is a combination of writing for social media, single-sourced tech writing and old-school technical writing. It sounds to me as though he likes the title and took it.

But I'm an elitist bastard. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:30 am 
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Oh, and he is an Adobe whore, so he can suck it.


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:18 am 
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What do you like to use over adobe?


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 Post subject: Re: Specialist or Generalist
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:52 am 
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What do you like to use over adobe?


For publishing, MadCap Flare and related MadCap products.

For authoring and design, xMetal.


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