A technical writer’s guide to NDAs

I was cleaning out my home office recently and came across a collection of Non-Disclosure (NDA) Agreements that I’ve signed over the years as a technical writer. A quick leaf through of the folder made it clear that many of the NDAs were much the same if not identical. As a tech industry contractor or… Continue reading A technical writer’s guide to NDAs

A lesson I learned as a contract technical writer

As a favor to an old friend,  I spoke to one of their friend’s kids who got laid off and was forced to go into contract IT work so they could keep paying the bills. Here is one question and answer that stuck out from our phone call: Them: What do you find true about… Continue reading A lesson I learned as a contract technical writer

Weird things I saw when I was a contract technical writer

I’ve been out of full-time contracting for almost two years and recently thought back to some of the stranger things I saw during the contract technical writer chapter of my life: A fellow contractor was posting nude pictures of his wife on Usenet from his client account. He was busted and walked offsite by armed… Continue reading Weird things I saw when I was a contract technical writer

Reflections on my technical writing career

I was once asked in a job interview: “Why do I stay a technical writer when it must be such a dull and boring profession?”  After the meeting when I was peeling rubber out of the parking lot, I took a few moments when I was decelerating to think about some of the more interesting… Continue reading Reflections on my technical writing career

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

The center of continuous technical education must be you

I’ve come to realize the importance of working in environments where continuous technical education is imperative to the success of projects and overall company health. We live in a world that harps on the value of work/life balance. I have no arguments with balance but technical learning needs to be an integral part of that balance.… Continue reading The center of continuous technical education must be you