What not to do

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Working in a team that isn’t heavily invested in documenting requirements and specifications (we usually have a starting set of such things but these soon fall out of step as development evolves) makes it a challenge to know both what is being added to the product and whether it needs to be documented. The development…

Dealing with change

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It’s going to be a big year for us, both as a company and as a team. We have grand and achievable plans for the product which will mean the working processes for the Publications team will need to change for, as well as multiple streams of work with their own staggered release dates for…

Always learning

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Next week the first of two new recruits joins our team. Both are graduates and whilst neither graduated from a Technical Writing based course they both have a good mix of skills, coming to the position through different routes. It’ll be a challenge for them, and a challenge for us, to integrate them to the…

What do you write?

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Most of my experience is based around software documentation. Whilst there are several levels to this, from task oriented User Guides through to highly technical API/SDK documentation, they tend to follow similar patterns making it easy for me to take my experience and apply it to new challenges. I’ve also been involved in writing up…

Jack of all trades Pt. 2

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My name is Gordon McLean, I am a Technical Communicator* and I am proud to be a jack of all trades. I recall once being asked to breakdown all the skills required to be a Technical Writer, and then to provide a list of daily work tasks. The list of skills was to be used…

linkedin API

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LinkedIn API “Opportunity” – sounds useful but hope it doesn’t go the way of other sites with a multitude of useless add-ons. LinkedIn needs to remember that professionals want a professional product. That’s why I’ve dumped Facebook, too much dross!

Blogging Announcement

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A day earlier than planned but glad that this is now out in the open. Cross-posted on Scottish Blogs, with a similar post on BritBlog. BritBlog and Scottish Blogs Join Forces Some of you may be familiar with the British Blog Directory, a site similar to Scottish Blogs that focuses on (as the name suggests)…

The Great Blog Hope?

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An open letter to SixApart. Dear TypeKey, You came promising much, the chance to be able to track myself across the comment boxes of the land, the opportunity to build relations and create networks. A unique insight to my self, my habits and passions. Ohh how you have failed me. Maybe I expected too much,…

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AA GillAnother day, another wonderful quote at hydragenic. This is the power of ‘blogs’. On the strength of Stuarts references I have ordered AA Gill’s book “AA Gill is Away”, and I have registered at The Times website (where AA Gill writes a column).The main point here is not a simple recommendation of a book,…

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