Archive for the ‘Draft Section’ Category


New Section: Hiring–Part 1

January 7, 2008

After a long break spent in various other pursuits, I now have a new section to post. This is the first part of a chapter on hiring technical writers. I expect this will be a section in 3, possibly 4 parts.

Here’s a link: Hiring: Part 1

Part of my time away was spent editing previous sections, which I’ll update on line as I get the chance, and part of it was spent working on new sections that I’ll begin posting over the next few weeks.

As always, comments are welcome.


Draft Section: Adventures in Coin Collecting

September 24, 2007

I’ve just posted a new section titled, “Adventures in Coin Collecting.”

I’m not sure where this one belongs, if it belongs at all. Right now it’s under “Motivation,” but it may need to go somewhere else. Mostly, it’s an excuse to tell the story about my adventures in coin collecting, but I hope it makes a useful point.

As always, your comments are welcome.


New Section: Managing Change

August 22, 2007

I’ve just posted a new chapter titled: Managing Change. Here’s a link:

New chapter: Managing Change

This chapter is not part of the original outline, but that was an oversight. Clearly managing change is an important part of any manager’s job.

As always, comments are welcome.


New Section: XML Technology, Part 1

May 29, 2007

I just posted a new section, XML Technology, Part 1. It’s the first of at least two sections that provide an overview of XML Technology for managers.

Here’s a link:XML Technology, Part 1

This section also contains a few bibliography and glossary entries, mostly to resolve links in the text. They are far from complete.

As always, comments and questions are welcome. Just use the “Leave a Comment” form at the bottom of the page.


New Section: Elements, Part 2

April 26, 2007

I’ve just posted the second half of the Chapter titled: The Elements of Technical Writing. I also posted an update to the first section. Here are links to both:

As always, your comments and suggestions are solicited.


New Section: Elements, Part 1

April 17, 2007

I’ve just posted a new section, which is the first part of a chapter titled: The Elements of Technical Writing. It’s available at:

Elements of Technical Writing, Part 1

I’m still not sure if this is too much or too little detail for the context, which is a section that gives managers who’ve never been a technical writer an overview of the elements of technical writing.

In addition to input on the level of detail, I’d also be glad to get information on other aspects of technical documentation that you think would fit.

Finally, this posting discusses the first three of seven elements. The second part will be posted shortly.


New Section: Evaluation, Part 4

March 31, 2007

Here is the 4th, and for the moment last, part of the Employee Performance Evaluation chapter. Since posting the last two sections, all of this chapter has been significantly updated, so I’m refreshing all four sections. I also am posting a pdf of the complete chapter. The format is a bit rough, but readable. Here are pointers:

Part 1: Overview and Gathering Input
Part 2: Writing the Evaluation
Part 3: The Employee Discussion
Part 4: Ranking and Rating, Wrap-up
Entire Chapter in PDF Form