Microsoft Planner: A lightweight project management application for the Office 365 enterprise

Image from Microsoft Image Gallery I had to learn Microsoft Project years ago because I was the only one on the team who had the time and inclination to learn it. The software developers on the team would have nothing to do with the application. Good … “Microsoft Planner: A lightweight project management application for the Office 365 enterprise”

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5 reasons why your enterprise social network won’t improve your document reviews

Photo by Lauren Mancke on Unsplash Through my work as a technical writer, I’ve become a student of document reviews especially those performed by geographically dispersed work teams. You may know from your own experience that document reviews can be a painful process — often times poorly enforced, … “5 reasons why your enterprise social network won’t improve your document reviews”

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Using Trello for managing editorial projects

My work as a technical writer sometimes means having to manage my own projects yet communicate about them in a way that programmers and engineers can understand without having flashbacks to college freshman English. I’ve come to use Trello for managing document projects. Technical people … “Using Trello for managing editorial projects”

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3 Microsoft Word template decisions to avoid

Microsoft Word templates can be an incredible productivity tool. Templates ensure a consistent look and feel across your documents. Using a template frees you up to focus on other things about the document you are writing. Yet, Microsoft Word templates can also be a productivity … “3 Microsoft Word template decisions to avoid”

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Building the Microsoft Word skills of non-writers in your organization

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of non-writers such as solution architects, trainers, instructional designers, and project managers. Often it meant coaching them through technical writing tasks and fixing their Microsoft Word issues. The experiences have given me insight … “Building the Microsoft Word skills of non-writers in your organization”

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Microsoft Teams: Group chat or a solution to SharePoint collaboration UX?

I’ve been refreshing myself on the Microsoft collaboration stack for some upcoming work projects. While at first, I didn’t find much original in Microsoft Teams in group chat world dominated by Slack, I find myself changing my mind about it and here’s why. Microsoft Teams … “Microsoft Teams: Group chat or a solution to SharePoint collaboration UX?”

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5 reasons technical writers should be pursuing side projects

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash I had a job interview a while back where the company took issue that I pursue side writing projects. It got me thinking since it had been a while since I heard an objection to that facet of my professional … “5 reasons technical writers should be pursuing side projects”

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Things they don’t teach in technical writer school

Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash I got my start as a technical writer before any formal technical writing degree programs got their start. While college gave me a solid foundation, much of what I know today, I learned by actually doing the work. Regardless of … “Things they don’t teach in technical writer school”

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