Moving your team from email inboxes to online collaboration

There is a dizzying array of online collaboration applications available today. Even in 2017, you still have to write your own migration plan to move your team from email inboxes to an online collaboration platform. A proper collaboration platform migration is agnostic — these tips can apply to most any cloud or on-premise collaboration Advertisements

The gentle art of project documentation control

Managing project documents can be an underappreciated art in some organizations. It’s an area where a technical writer should take charge. I’ve seen document control of all stripes throughout my career. Document control that works. Document control that didn’t work. Even document control that caused a near staff rebellion. I’ve even seen no formal document… Continue reading The gentle art of project documentation control

4 reasons why your document reviews aren’t working

I’ve long been a student of technical document reviews. So much so, I worked as a technical reviewer for some computer book publishers to learn more about this critical element of the technical communications. Back then I thought I could do a better job than the reviewers where I was working at the time). Editorial and… Continue reading 4 reasons why your document reviews aren’t working

The 7 deadly sins of project leadership

Project team leadership is an even more important skill in today’s tight economic times making it even more of a shame when new, and even some experienced project leads fumble the ball in the name of their muddled agendas. While doing more with less is quite a mantra these days, there are seven deadly sins… Continue reading The 7 deadly sins of project leadership

5 ways teams can recover from a failed or stalled writing project

It’s never fun watching a technical documentation, training development, or other writing projects get off to a false start or just downright fail. It can be a real morale blow and expose the writer(s) and their team to criticism from stakeholders. However, failures do happen, and it is best to do what you can to… Continue reading 5 ways teams can recover from a failed or stalled writing project

A few words about Microsoft Word and Track Changes

One of the most useful – yet potentially embarrassing – features of Microsoft Word is Track Changes. Using the Track Changes feature lets you electronically markup your Word documents with edits, additions, and revisions. Think of it as an electronic red pen so to speak. The potential embarrassment of the feature comes in when you… Continue reading A few words about Microsoft Word and Track Changes

Using Asana for managing personal projects

While covering project management and collaboration topics for CNET TechRepublic, I had the opportunity to write about Asana, a social task management platform. I liked it so much I started using to manage the editorial checklists I create for articles, blog posts, and corporate client projects. When it comes to project teams, Asana is a… Continue reading Using Asana for managing personal projects