Technical Writers Maven: Waterfall versus Agile documentation

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I’ve met technical writers fearing the agile methodology adopted within the organizations they work for. Why? It is a fact that people fear change; many of us are resisting change, we fear the unknown; however, if you learn how Agile works, it is much easier to embrace a new development methodology.

It might be easy for developers (or not) they can easily adapt to change: use another tracking tool for Agile development; it might be easier for testers too. What about technical writers? What about Agile documentation? What is the flow? How does Read more

My first animated presentation: Tekom Europe Roadshow 2014

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Yesterday, while sitting on my deck, I was trying to clear my mind of the tumultuous ocean of ideas and thoughts. I realized that over the past years I conducted research on various topics and fields; which allowed me to add extensive knowledge other than technical writing. A new road full of great potential revealed in front of me, new opportunities to grow professionally and touch my creative soul.
Convinced that I’ve lost many good ideas on the road, I said to myself, hey Oana, why don’t you check the personal E-mail and see if you’ve send yourself useful information?

Indeed why not? I started to navigate through hundreds of E-mails, looking for specific recipients, friends I’ve shared useful information over the time. Suddenly, this special message reveals Read more

Competitors analysis: Technical writer perspective

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A few months ago, someone asked me to review a Competitors Analysis document. To mention I have never created or revised such a document before. Why? Competitors’ analysis is not one of the technical writer’s responsibilities. However, I decided I will take a look at the document and surprisingly: everything was unclear . Besides the fact that the document was unstructured, the information was just a copy/paste or expressing the personal opinion of the person who conducted the competitors’ analysis.

I know many might say that it’s not my business but hey, this is yet another opportunity to learn something new, something that might be valuable in the future. I will share with you my thoughts on how to conduct competitors’ analysis.

I initiated a complex research on the Internet, reading dozens of websites talking about competitors’ analysis and I kind of created a document scratch in my mind. That was enough to Read more

Technical writing on the Romanian market


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Something has changed over the past ten years. Well, for one, we have more IT software companies joining the Romanian market, but that is only a part of the puzzle.
The other piece is the companies’ awareness to hire/contract technical writers which could be one important value-added to the products and service they offer.
If ten years ago there was a balance between the cost and the responsibilities of a technical writer; nowadays, in Romania, more and more employers are looking for 3-in-1 technical writers.

What does that mean?
Over the past years, I was involved in discussions with medium and small companies looking to hire technical writers and I have noticed Read more

Out-of-the-box technical writer professional profile

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Just recently, and it’s hardly even worth mentioning except perhaps as a reproof to myself, I find that whenever I’m on my way to work, not only my heart goes crazy but by mind is surrounded and invaded by magical ideas.

One magical morning, another beautiful day to do some magic at work, I was waiting in the crowded subway station surrounded by whispers… Almost everyone is in some kind of a sleepy mood; however, here and there two teenagers are talking with passion…

I suppressed a smile and turned my attention to the elegant lady Read more

Blogging as a technical writer: How to make money from blogging – Part I

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At the beginning blogging was the perfect tool for people to provide useful information to other people. Due to the fact that the most people just Google almost everything on the Internet, blogging became a powerful tool to make money. How can you make money from blogging? What are the secret ingredients to be successful?

The blogger profile

At the beginning of blogging, people were blogging from passion, the passion of sharing their knowledge with the world. Later on people started blogging for money either as blog owners or as freelancers. Read more

5 Steps to Grow Personal and Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

Building professional profiles is an easy task but when it comes to personal and professional development we have an issue with the path to follow.
Some might wonder why personal and professional development? An appropriate work-life balance is the key to a happier life!
This cute infographic presents the 5 steps to personal and professional development. Read more

Passionate or just a workaholic technical writer?

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / >FreeDigitalPhotos.net< I was in the tram heading to work the other day reading the book Manuscript found in Accra written by Paulo Coelho. There was an interesting chapter talking about two types of work; first type is the work done to gain existence when people work just to worth money for food, and another type of work when although they work to gain money, people work with passion, dedicating themselves to achieve something.

While reading the lines I remembered that over the time, some colleagues told me I’m a workaholic. Am I?
When talking about work I have identified the following types of people: Read more