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A close up view of a laptop with lines of technical code and documentation in a terminal and a pair of glasses with the lenses having bokeh effect.  Technical documentation writers work with software engineers and code.

Within the complex software development process, there is an extreme need for technical writing and documentation. What type of documentation is necessary? Why are technical documentation writers the best choice for the job? Let’s discuss it!

Project and Process Documentation

‘Technical documentation’ is defined as written documents and materials essential to the development and process. In terms of software development, however, this documentation will specifically pertain to the software development process and the product’s eventual use. Subsequently, most of this documentation is divided into two categories, project documentation, and process documentation.

Project Documentation includes…

Process Documentation includes…

  • Plans and Financial Estimates
  • Scheduling
  • Reports and Metrics

As the above lists imply, product documentation includes written documents explaining the use and function of the product or software, including manuals for users and administrators. Conversely, process documentation encompasses the process of product development, including meeting documentation and even business correspondence.

Technical Documentation Writers are an Asset to Engineers and Developers

There is an immense need for documentation within the software development industry. Documentation, especially types essential to the process of software development, serves as a communication tool for both product developers and consumers. Those who are skilled in written communication are best suited for completing this documentation, rather than engineers and developers whose specialties lie elsewhere.

A company may assign documentation creation to its engineers and developers. However, it is best that skilled technical documentation writers work collaboratively with developers to create the best product and process documentation. In doing this, software developers and engineers can focus their energy on creating a top-quality product without having to worry about also creating documentation. Thus, you will see an increase in the company’s efficiency, confidence, and product quality.

Technical documentation writers are talented at focusing on creating clear explanations of complex subject matter, without missing a single detail. Often, technical documentation writers focus on detail and subject matter. Thus, this collaboration between software experts and skilled writers is a no-brainer.

Furthermore, the hourly rate of technical documentation writers is less expensive than the time and money wasted by utilizing in-house engineers and developers to complete a task that is not in their area of expertise.

Hire with Essential Data today to save money and create flawless documentation for software development. At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or

Written by Ariana Sweany