Cherryleaf’s Ellis Pratt will be speaking at Technical Communication UK 2015, which will be held between 29th September and 1st October 2015, in Glasgow. Ellis will be speaking twice, about:
- Creating an academic course in technical communication, and
- Help in the User Interface – a case study in first user interaction and embedded Help formats.
If you’re planning to attend the conference, we look forward to see you there.
Once again, I enjoyed immensely Madcap Software’s MadWorld conference in San Diego.
This was Madcap’s second annual conference, building on the success of MadWorld 2013.
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.
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.
MadCap Software hosted their first ever conference, MadWorld 2013, last week, which I attended as an invited speaker. Here are my initial thoughts and reflections on the second day.
MadCap Software hosted their first ever conference, MadWorld 2013, last week, which I attended as an invited speaker. Here are my initial thoughts and reflections on the first day of the event.
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.
On Tuesday night, I presented my first ever lightning talk. It was at the London Content Strategy Meetup.
A lightning talk is a presentation format in which 20 slides are shown for 15 seconds each (giving each presenter five minutes in total). The format is used to keep presentations concise and fast-paced, and to allow the time for lots of speakers to participate in the event.
It’s very similar to “Pecha Kucha nights”, however those give speakers the luxury of an extra five seconds per slide.
So what’s it like to present a lightning talk?