My SharePoint site pet peeves

Through some previous contracts, I’ve gained experience interacting with administering SharePoint sites including managing document libraries, user access, creating lists and other site elements. In fact, I believe that today’s technical writer needs to be fluent in SharePoint site administration. During this time, I’ve inherited some SharePoint sites that made my job harder versus making… Continue reading My SharePoint site pet peeves

The technical writer’s 5 best friends

Technical writers need to expand their personal and professional friends because they need to. Building a strong personal and professional network 1. The product manager The product manager can be the technical writer’s best friend or worst enemy. Knowing a competent product manager can aid technical writers to better understand the product they are documenting. On the dark side,… Continue reading The technical writer’s 5 best friends

Building the better G Suite administrator

I’ve written about G Suite and other cloud productivity tools or a while now. Furthermore, I’ve had the chance to explore the intersection of Microsoft Office and G Suite for technical writing and user productivity. G Suite can represent some significant cost savings for *some* organizations. It’s not going to happen by taking G Suite… Continue reading Building the better G Suite administrator

An alternative perspective about taking meeting minutes

I was talking to a recruiter once who asked me how I felt about taking meeting minutes. The first thing I said was “I think meeting minutes are overrated because I’ve rarely if ever seen them consulted again by meeting participants. When is the last time you consulted meeting minutes after a meeting was over?”… Continue reading An alternative perspective about taking meeting minutes

Simple guidelines for running technical document reviews remotely

With some clear expectations and a little planning upfront, running remote writing and document review projects can go smoothly.  Here are some lessons I learned when I was a freelancer about running remote writing and editing projects:

Lessons learned from working as a computer book industry technical reviewer

I was a computer book technical reviewer earlier in my career. It was a freelance gig, but I still consider the work one of the more formative chapters in my professional writing career even though it wasn’t writing work. Computer book technical reviewers sometimes called technical editors are responsible for ensuring the technical accuracy of… Continue reading Lessons learned from working as a computer book industry technical reviewer