In software engineering, especially for managerial roles, “writing well” is one of the most underrated skills.
With remote work, the ability to communicate your thoughts through crisp and concise writing is more important than ever. Writing down your own thoughts brings clarity to your own thinking. It teaches you what to omit and what to focus on. When you find yourself explaining something multiple times, write it down. It’ll make the message consistent. Quality writing demonstrates how you can think through a complex idea and present it.
Managers with poor writing skills can directly jeopardize their team’s success. Think – performance reviews, promotion packets, funding proposals, executive communication.
This skill can be acquired by practicing and observing other leaders in the organization. The only way to get better at writing is by writing more. Start writing and ask for feedback.
Here are some resources that I found useful: