RE: RE: Additional roles for technical writers

Subject: RE: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Julie Stickler' <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:12:00 +0000

Okay, good. The less money is involved, the better.

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Subject: Re: RE: Additional roles for technical writers

There is also Open Office or Office Libre (open source version of MS Office). I rarely need to create diagrams, so I don't tend to ask management for a Visio license. The few occasions when I need to create diagrams, I can usually manage with Office Draw. The only caveat is that there are far fewer image templates for Draw (I did finally manage to track down some servers that I liked for my architecture diagrams). But if you're creating flow charts? You should be fine with the default boxes and arrows.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:

> For proof of concept, you can create flow charts in MS Word. There are
> also free alternatives (Gliffy, etc.).
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cardimon, Craig
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:41 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein; 'TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)'
> Subject: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
>
> Getting approval to buy software, especially something new, can be
> difficult.
>
> I would need to build a proof-of-concept first.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Goldstein
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:37 AM
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> The best way to learn this is to do it. You'll need flow-charting
> software (big fan of Visio here) and the ability to interview the
> folks who actually run the current processes. Of course, there are a
> million examples online to inspire you. Once you document a process
> clearly, the people who use it should have ideas for improving it.
>
> As for selling the concept , if your company is subject to US
> regulations or any international standard (e.g., ISO), you might not
> need to sell this at all. SOPs are SOP. Otherwise, show them one good
> sample and see if you can make the sale.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cardimon, Craig
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:31 AM
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> Subject: RE: Additional roles for technical writers
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> How does someone start documenting business processes?
>
> How do you sell that to management?
>
>
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RE: RE: Additional roles for technical writers: From: Dan Goldstein
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