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

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

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

6 ways to sabotage your technical documentation

Every job hunt and even unsolicited discussions with recruiters during the past few years brought me more tales of organizations continuing to have issues producing and maintaining technical documentation. It is not isolated in one sector, and I keep hearing the same problems repeatedly. This has been a real disappointment for me over the years… Continue reading 6 ways to sabotage your technical documentation

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

Creating the collaborative corporate culture

Technology pundits, consultants, and academics often see the latest online technologies, millennials, and work/life Balance are what drives online collaboration. It takes more than just one of those trends to drive collaboration. It’s about the total culture of so I’ve found during my time as a contract technical writer.   Corporate culture has to promote… Continue reading Creating the collaborative corporate culture