TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for November 8, 2013

Subject: TechWhirl: Technical Communication Recap for November 8, 2013
From: TechWhirl Admin <admin -at- techwhirl -dot- com>
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Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:12:47 -0500

I’m not sure if balance is as important to other communications pros as it
is to me (I’m a Libra after all), but TechWhirl’s first week of November
featured great balance: Theory and practical advice, event recaps and
industry perspectives—a nice mix of “this is how it ought to be” and “this
is how it is.” Alyssa Fox conveyed her experience and advice on handling
Agile scrum as a writer, and Mark Baker offered a bit of applied theory in
his latest Users’ Advocate. If you missed out on Adobe Day at LavaCon, Ryan
Minaker summarized the highlights and the value of a pre-conference event.

Mark Baker’s other incarnation, as the blogger behind
EveryPageIsPageOne<>stirred up some
debate this week on the email discussion list…Content
Engineer a new twist on an old argument about job titles and their
usefulness in explaining what we do. Meanwhile, other Whirlers, like Craig
Cardimon, are looking for useful tidbits on organizing and maintaining
knowledgebases, and Editor-in-Chief (another editor-in-chief) is struggling
with content reuse versus duplication.

We like looking at “ought” versus “is”… the folks in the tech comm, content
management and customer experience management worlds deal with both on a
pretty regular basis, and figuring out the right path takes a fair amount
of diving into both.

Have a great weekend!

-Connie and the gang at TechWhirl
In Case You Missed it: This Week @ TechWhirl

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- Tech Writer This Week for November 7, 2013 |
- Users’ Advocate: Developing a Theory of the User, by Mark Baker |
- Adobe Day at LavaCon 2013: The Value of Thought Leadership &
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- Agile and Tech Comm: Viewing Scrum from a Writer’s Eyes, by Alyssa Fox

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