Archive | 2013

Dumb vs. Smart Revision

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation process

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation processSeveral readers of my posts on revision have pointed out that content gets revised for many reasons. Peter Fournier suggest a distinction should be made between dumb and smart revision. I’ll attempt to do that here. An initial distinction between dumb […]

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Reducing writer errors

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation process

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation processOne of the most consistent responses I have received to my posts on revision as waste (Improving First Run Quality, and Revision, Waste, and Evenness) is some variant of “mistakes happen”. Some felt I was blaming writers, or even questioning their integrity. […]

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Revision, Waste, and Evenness

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation process

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation processA couple of weeks ago, in a post titled Improving First Run Quality, I cause a kerfuffle, and some questioning of my sanity, by suggesting that rather then celebrating revision as an essential part of the writing process, we should regard […]

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Production Line

Improving First Run Quality

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation process

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Improving the content creation processThe enormous improvements in quality and productivity that have occurred in industry over the last several decades can, in large part, be attributed to a focus on improving first-run quality. In traditional production line environments, the golden rule was never to […]

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What is Minimalism?

Ask what minimalism is (in a Tech Comm context), and you are likely to get a recitation of the four principles of minimalism. Per JoAnn Hackos, the four basic principles of minimalism are ♦ Principle 1: Choose an action-oriented approach ♦ Principle 2: Anchor the tool in the task domain ♦ Principle 3: Support error […]

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A New Look

Every Page is Page One has a new look. The main reason for the change is to integrate the blog into the company website. When I started this, I had no idea if I would be able to maintain a regular posting schedule, or if anyone would read it. Wary of having the company site […]

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