Photo by stock.xchng user: nh313066 Sometimes the most formative job for a writer is being a 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 actually writing… Continue reading What being a reviewer can teach a writer
Image by Stock.xchng user: svilen001 When was the last time you read meeting minutes? We all attend meetings and take notes in our different ways but the concept of meeting minutes still lingers on as part of much organization’s bureaucracy. While working with clients in the commercial and federal government sectors, it has been rare to… Continue reading Save minutes by not taking meeting minutes
Image by stock.xchng user: juliaf It’s culture before platform choice… I’ve been writing about collaboration platforms off and on for a while now.Even I find myself getting lost in the technology choices at times. This after having to make SharePoint and other collaboration tools have to function as advertised while working as a technical writer. When I… Continue reading Online collaboration needs culture before technology
Apple stock art Bring your own definition…along with your device. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is becoming one of the more important technology and business trends of out time as it enables employees to bring the devices they want to use into work to access enterprise resources and corporate information in order to get their job done.… Continue reading Define BYOD for your organization
Image by Jacob Creswick via Unsplash.com One of the disturbing trends I’m seeing on this job hunt are employers who don’t want “government writers” for their projects. After being laid off from a position with a government contractor last year, I came across such references perhaps for the first time (that at least I can… Continue reading Why the backlash against “government writers”?
Image by Samuel Zeller via Unsplash.com The forgotten player is the success of Microsoft SharePoint is the person on the project team who makes SharePoint work for the team. SharePoint may not even be part of their formal job description but from a combination of prior experience and knowing the potential in SharePoint to solve… Continue reading Foster a culture of SharePoint champions
Image by Farzad Nahafi via Unsplash.com Much of my technical writing career has been spent as a contractor and consultant working with organizations that didn’t have technical documentation in place and need it in place fast. Throughout my travels, I’ve also spoken to even more project teams through the course of interviewing for potential projects.… Continue reading Why Johnny can’t document a product