[Checklist] Documents Reviews with Indian Technical Writing Team

Does your technical writing team have offices in Bangalore? Many US software companies are moving technical writing projects to India, Romania, Singapore and Poland. I often help these teams setup their tech writing dept and mentor junior writers who are finding their way. Document reviews are one area you need to focus on to ensure […]

7 Skills Technical Writers Need

When you think of technical writing, what comes to mind?
Do you think of someone sitting all alone in a cubicle, glued to a computer screen, diligently documenting complex software?

5 UK Technical Writers You Should Follow on Twitter

From Shakespeare, Graham Greene, JK Rowling to Colum McAndrew, Ellis Pratt, David Farbey. All have all one thing in common – great writing! As my career started in the Baker Street, London in the 90s, I’ve always carried fond memories of my time in England. Here are some UK based technical writers you might want to add to your Twitter list. By the way, do you notice any difference between UK and US tech writer blogs?

How do you measure the value of technical documents?

One of our tech docs team was fired yesterday. Why? Technical documents provide no value. This is how Management sees it. Tech docs are nice to have but NOT essential. Tech docs are useful but LESS important than development, user interface and marketing. Are they right? It’s hard not to get defensive in these situations. […]

Is a Degree In Technical Writing Worth The Effort?

Do you have a degree in technical writing or technical communications? Was it worth the money? If you had a second chance, would you have chosen this or opted for another career path? One of my younger cousins has started her degree in university in Limerick, Ireland. Not the place most of us think of […]

3 Ways to Turn Outsourcing to Your Advantage

Image Chris Pirillo Outsourcing is not going to go away. Our recent Technical Writers survey showed that US companies are now outsourcing technical documentation projects big-time to India, Poland and Portugal. This is not going to change. It’s just a business decision. Feeling bad/sad/mad about it won’t change it. But what you can do is […]

Screenshot Tip: How to capture a Region, Desktop, or Webpage

Here is the simplest way to take a screenshot of a region, desktop, an entire webpage and also how to include the hyperlinks if you want to save the webpage as a SWF or PDF. We’re going to use SnagIt as our preferred tool for taking screenshots.

7 Ways to Improve Your Technical Writing

Here are seven quick tips to improve the quality of your technical documents. When you write a technical document, consider the following points:

The Future of Technical Documentation

Elllis, over on the Cherryleaf Technical Authors Blog, points out 5 secrets regarding the future of technical documentation.
Here are the key points:

Top 50 Technical Writers on the Web

I’ve made a list of the top 50 technical writers with a web presence. Some of these you might know, such as Darren Barefoot and Tom Johnson. I have also added some other writers from India, Russia and Israel to reach out to a wider audience. I’m sure there are others that I’ve missed. Let me know and I’ll update the list.