Destination San Diego

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Ellis will be in San Diego next week, speaking at Madcap Software’s MadWorld 2014 conference. If you’re going to the conference, be sure to say hello.

Madcap makes a big thing about the conference cookies, so any questions in Ellis’ conference sessions will be rewarded with biscuits or British sweets.

You can follow the conference on Twitter via the #madworld2014 hashtag.

Ultralight conferencing

Ultralight backpacking by http://www.backpackinglight.comPrompted by Scriptorium Publishing’s Sarah O’Keefe’s one bag method for travelling (she doesn’t check any luggage into the hold of an airplane), I’ve been looking at ways of reducing the weight I need to carry when flying to conferences or to clients. I’ve called this “ultralight conferencing”.

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TCUK 13 presentation: Planning user documentation when you are a startup business

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We will be presenting “Planning user documentation when you are a startup business” at the Technical Communication UK conference in September.

We’ll look at how to plan a user documentation project when you’re working for a startup technology company. Working in this environment gives you the opportunity to work “from a clean sheet,” but it also has its own challenges of working in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.

We’ll look at the issues around planning user documentation and the additional considerations when you are a startup. Your budget may be limited and the product or service in development may be constantly changing, so how should you work in this situation? What should you be developing, and what is the value of user documentation for a startup?

We will cover:

  • What is different about working for a startup
  • Lean startup strategies
  • The value of user documentation for a startup and why should you provide it
  • How to document in this environment
  • What you should document
  • What you should measure?
  • What to do when budgets are limited
  • What to do when there is no clear audience

For more information, see Technical Communication UK conference.

See you at the MadWorld conference, 7-9 April, San Diego

MadWorld conference Some of us will be at the MadWorld conference next week, which is being held in San Diego. Cherryleaf’s Sales and Marketing Director, Ellis Pratt, will be speaking on both days of the conference. If you’re going to the conference or will be close by, then you’re welcome to come and say hello. Email us to find out our precise schedule and whereabouts.

Surprising feedback from Technical Communications UK 2012 conference

We’ve just been sent the delegate feedback from my presentation at the Technical Communications UK 2012 conference:

Ellis Pratt – What does the iPad 3 mean for Technical Authors?
Brilliant, very thorough, very comparative, very useful, bit fast through slides – can we have a copy of slides please? … Knows his stuff, makes me want to find out more! … Very enlightening content, expertly delivered. Lots of ‘take away’ information. Very engaging and informative … Excellent informative presentation … Excellent session, plenty of food for thought and more research to be done by me! Ellis knows his subject inside out and is a great resource … Excellent! In-depth understanding of this topic … Really learnt a lot from this … This has been a highlight of the conference for me – incredibly well researched presentation and very up to date. Brilliant, thanks Ellis … Interesting and very useful … Very good – stuffed full of useful info. Very informative, clear and thought provoking … Excellent very informative session. Very informative and useful from a clear and competent expert in his field … Always interesting to hear Ellis’ views. He never tries to sell anything and he always seems to be one step ahead of everyone. He’s tech comm’s best futurologist.

This was quite a shock. I was trying to sell!

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