Podcast: Living Multiple Lives -- The New Technical Communicator, Interview with Noz Urbina
Duration: 15 min.
In this podcast, Noz Urbina talks about how Web 2.0 is changing the role of the technical communicator into one who drives product R&D and interaction design. My discussion with Noz was a light-bulb moment for me at the Doc Train West conference.
Podcast topics include the following:
- How the role of the technical communicator has evolved into a diversity of roles
- How awareness of user needs and requirements allows technical communicators to get involved in product R&D and user interaction design
- How implementing a backwards flow of data from hundreds of internal and external users changes the role of a technical writer to one who aggregates, synthesizes, and ensures quality rather than one who merely writes
- How the technical communicator becomes the keyholder on the pipeline of customer data, which in turn allows the technical communicator to direct and define the product
- How to encourage a culture of participation through surveys and other user interviews
Noz is a business development manager for Mekon. He's also heavily involved in X-pubs.com, a nonprofit conference and information resource that produces seminars, online events, white papers, and annual conferences.
To contact Noz, send an email to [email protected]
About Tom Johnson
I'm a technical writer based in the Seattle area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture, writing techniques, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out simplifying complexity and API documentation for some deep dives into these topics. If you're a technical writer and want to keep on top of the latest trends in the field, be sure to subscribe to email updates. You can also learn more about me or contact me.