Great documentation saves money

I bring this article to you courtesy of Jacquie Samuels, as I think it adds relevance to what I am setting out to achieve with my documentation framework. You may view the original article here.

GREAT DOCUMENTATION CAN SAVE YOU BIG BUCKS WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORT BY JACQUIE SAMUELS

Let’s get back to the basics for a moment. Technical documentation has many diverse drivers, but ultimately, it all strives to perform one function: assist users so they can do what they want to do with the product. Sometimes they already know what they want to do, other times the documentation helps educate them.

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Standard Operating Procedures

I bring this article to you courtesy of Marcia Weedon, as I think it adds relevance to what I am setting out to achieve with my documentation framework. You may view the original article here.

THE WELL WRITTEN SOP – CRITICAL FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT BY MARCIA WEEDEN

The well-written SOP provides the baseline against which thoughtful and effective improvements can be planned and implemented.

Many companies put off documenting their processes and procedures because they are too sheepish to admit that these are not yet in a state of perfection. Perfection, however, is never a requirement for the well-written SOP.

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The Value of Documented Processes

I bring this article to you courtesy of Marcia Weedon, as I think it adds relevance to my documentation framework. You may view the original article here.

THE VALUE OF DOCUMENTED PROCESSES BY MARCIA WEEDON

Most companies start small with a dream of what they would like to become someday. Small companies take pride in “we wear many hats around here.” With relatively simple, straightforward processes and a few key personnel, it is easy to make changes and keep the business going.

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10 Tips To Hiring Technical Writing Consultants

By Dave Young, Professional Writer and Founder, Young Copy

I bring this article to you courtesy of Dave Young, as I think it adds enormous pertinence to what I do and I also endorse his opinions in this regard.

Young Copy has put together a list of tips every hiring manager should review before bringing in a contract technical writer or hiring technical writing consultants. These tips are based on years of experience by technical writing consultant Dave Young, founder of Young Copy.

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10 Reasons to Outsource Technical Writing Services

By Dave Young, Professional Writer and Founder, Young Copy

I bring this article to you courtesy of Dave Young, as I think it adds enormous pertinence to what I do and I also endorse his opinions in this regard.

The following ten reasons are based on Young Copy’s years of experience providing outsourced technical writing services to highly successful technology companies. The ten (10) reasons you see below provide real results to real companies everyday.

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How your customers feel about the user assistance your company provides.

I have posted this opinion poll so that software developers and users may gain an understanding of the myth that abounds in software and product development and marketing that “No one reads the manual” and alerting you to the fact that skimping on technical documentation can cost money

I bring this article to you courtesy of Sharon Burton, as I think it adds enormous pertinence to what I do. You may view the original article here.

This poll certainly supports the opinions I put forward in my previous article.

Why do we have both “Color” and “Colour”?

I bring this article to you courtesy of Grammar Girl, as I think it adds enormous pertinence to what I do. You may view the original artical here.

by Mignon Fogarty

Have you ever wondered why the British spell “color” with a “u” and Americans don’t? Or why the British spell “theater” with an “re” at the end and Americans spell it with an “er” at the end? We all know that these spelling differences exist, but not everyone knows why they exist.

Today, we’re going to find out!

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Which Skill Sets are Important?

Like any profession, becoming a technical writer requires a mastery of a certain set of skills. This skill set used to involve primarily writing and illustration skills, as large manuals for print publication were the standard in the profession. The worlds of communications and technology have evolved dramatically in the latter part of the 20th century and the early part of this century. How has that evolution affected the skill set required for a technical writer?

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Painful truths of not using a Technical Writer

Some business managers fail to recognize the impact on profitability of good technical documentation and other support literature, or the lack thereof.

You might hear them say—as I have—“It’s not really a priority at the moment” or “We may consider it later” or even “It cost too much, we’ll have to do without it”.  And yet, with your eyes and ears open, you will learn that:

  • Many industrial accidents happen because of inadequate procedural documentation or training.
  • Many high-tech products fail in the marketplace because customers don’t receive the information they need to use them effectively.
  • Many investments in costly new business systems fail to achieve results because structured training and user assistance materials are not part of the plan.

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