TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for May 16, 2014

technical communication recapSpring conference season occurs at roughly the same time as university graduation season here in the US. Which makes for some occasional conflicts in scheduling, and an awesome opportunity to wax philosophical about transforming the future, rising to the challenge, and other such clichés. But I won’t, other than to say congratulations to the members of TechWhirl’s extended family who enter the real world this month… especially Philip, Trevor and Christian… we’re proud to be in the same families as you guys!  And to our many STC friends and colleagues, enjoy the Summit and Phoenix, we know it will be grand.

Back in that real world I mentioned, TechWhirl officially launches our DITA portal.  And we offer up some new perspectives on working on remote teams, how content authoring changes when you go to DITA, and some hot ideas from very cool communications people around the web. As always, the TechWhirl community ponders and debates … on the future of content and tech comm, tools, best practices, and other items that have a high geek/coolness ratio. Register for the forum or subscribe to the email list to take part in the conversations. And don’t forget to check out the archives too.

Have a great weekend full of pomp and circumstance!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl

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Tech Writer This Week for May 15, 2014

We’re hitting the road to find the best technical communication and customer experience articles on the web.

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Agile and Tech Comm: Working on Remote Teams

More and more, we see teams that are distributed around the world. An increasing number of businesses are functioning this way, because of a number of factors. It benefits everyone who works in an agile environment to figure out how to best address the challenges associated with the global team model.

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How Does DITA Change Authoring?

Today, authors must deliver content designed for quick consumption a whole array of media. And authors working within Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) must shift their thinking about the content writing process itself. Because within the DITA model, you no longer write books or even chapters. You write topics.


Transferring Skills Between Tech Comm and CXM (poll)

If the silos can come down in the typical business, it may that CXM is the way to do it. So we turn our attention to the practical side of this trend: how can tech comm and other content professionals transfer their skills and move into this growing area?

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Connie Giordano

Connie Giordano is a partner in INKtopia Limited and editor of TechWhirl's Tech Writer Today online magazine. She has been a list member and contributor since the days when 14,400 baud was high speed communications, and Windows 95 was state-of-the-art.

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