CIDM eNews

August 2017
A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
Dawn Stevens, CIDM Director

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CIDM News and Events


The Best Practices Conference will be held September 11-13, 2017 in Burlington, Vermont.

The CMS/DITA Europe Conference will be held October 30-31, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Winter Online Conference will be held January 23-24, 2018. Theme: Writing Well

Call for Speakers now open!

Upcoming Workshops

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
August 29-30, 2017
San Jose, California

Advanced Reuse Strategies
September 19-20, 2017
Durham, North Carolina

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
September 21-22, 2017
Morrisville, North Carolina

DITA Basics
October 3 – November 7, 2017
Online Course

Applying Agile Management to Information Development
October 11-12, 2017
Wakefield, Massachusetts

Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy
October 18-19, 2017
Colchester, Vermont

Advanced Reuse Strategies
November 15-16, 2017
Austin, Texas

CIDM Webinars

The impact of IoT on Technical Documentation
August 10, 2017, 11am EDT

Making the Transition to DITA as Painless as Possible: DITA Change Management Tips
August 24, 2017, 11am EDT

Figure Out Who is Using Your Technical Content, How and How Often
September 21, 2017, 12pm EDT

DITA Listening Session – Europe Edition
September 27, 2017, 3pm BST

DITA Listening Session – East Coast Edition
September 28, 2017, 12pm EDT

DITA Listening Session – West Coast Edition
September 28, 2017, 12pm PDT

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Content Audit—Unfolding Secrets 
September 19, 2017, 1pm EDT

5 ways translation is easier with SDL Trados Studio 2017
August 23, 2017, 10am EDT


Our next managers’ round table will be  Tuesday, August 8th at 12pm EDT. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

Adobe DITA World 2017

CM Quick Tips Newsletter – July 2017

Fluid Topics – What’s New?

easyDITA Blog

The latest edition of Tech Comm Monthly by Adobe is here

3 Most Read Articles of 2017 (So Far)

More Announcements.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

Very likely many of you have seen Whose Line Is It Anyway, an improvisational comedy show featuring four actors who create unscripted scenes based on a situation provided by the show’s host or suggestions from the audience. Having been involved in theater for a large part of my life, both as actor and director, I found the show inspirational for my drama team, and for years I incorporated improv exercises into our weekly rehearsals.

Read the article.

DCL/SAE Case Study: Engineering a Sustainable Content Conversion Strategy

Brian Trombley, DCL

When it comes to vehicle engineering, SAE International sets the standard. This global association serves more than 148,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, commercial-vehicle, and other industries. The organization’s two priorities include encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering and establishing industry standards.

Read the article.

How to Implement Usability Findings

Jess Caldwell, Jack Henry & Associates

Completing a round of usability testing is exciting, especially as a beginner. You’ve been planning, scheduling, testing, and pouring over data for months on end. The time has finally come: the last user has finished their scenarios! You tap the stopwatch on your phone, jot down the number, and perform one final debriefing. You enter in the data for the day, close down your equipment, and breathe a sigh of relief. No more tweaking scenarios for you! You have all the answers.

Read the article.

August 2017 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



A Publisher’s View of DITA Richard Hamilton, XML Press
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Dawn Stevens, CIDM
Measuring Up to Goals Padma Neppalli, Intel Corporation
CCMS or Not? How to decide? Nicholas Lences, Schlumberger
Smart Product Communication based on DITA Walter Fischer, Fischer Computertechnik FCT AG
Adapting GitFlow for Content Release Management Chad Crume, The BARBRI Group
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