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An evaluation of the social perspective in the development of technical requirements

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1 Author(s)
T. R. Adler ; Dept. of Aerosp. Studies, New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM, USA

Uses a qualitative methodology to examine how discourse norms and socialization processes affect the development of technical requirements. Our exploratory investigation of how government personnel develop and review technical requirements indicates that discourse norms and academic technical writing socialization processes affect the technical writing process. Technical writers perceived that requirements in work statements became less precise as more requirements were coordinated in team-based designs. In essence, we found that, in team-based designs, interpretation conflict and technical diffusion were important dimensions when writing and coordinating technical requirements. Our findings suggest that collaborative technical writing is a complex and difficult process in team-based designs where integration and persuasion skills dominate

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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 4 )