CIDM eNews

September 2016
A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director

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CIDM News and Events


bp_2016_squareThe Best Practices 2016 Conference will be held September 12-14 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Theme: Maximizing Value-Reducing Waste: Moving to Leaner Practices, Processes and Information Products

DE The CMS/DITA Europe 2016 Conference will be held November 14-15 in Munich, Germany.

ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Winter Online Conference will be held January 24-25, 2017. Theme: Understanding User Needs

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CMS/DITA North America Conference will be held April 24-26, 2017 in San Diego, California.

Upcoming Workshops

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
September 21-22, 2016
Superior, Colorado

Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy
October 4-5, 2016
San Jose, California

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
October 4-5, 2016
Broomfield, Colorado

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Early Session (online course)
Wednesdays starting October 5, 2016
(6 weeks, 6 sessions)
9 – 11am EDT

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Midday Session (online course)
Wednesdays starting October 5, 2016
(6 weeks, 6 sessions)
1 – 3pm EDT

Advanced Reuse Strategies
October 6-7, 2016
San Jose, California

Advanced Reuse Strategies
October 12-13, 2016
Morrisville, North Carolina

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
October 19-20, 2016
Lowell, Massachusetts

Content Management Strategies
(online course)

Tuesdays & Thursdays starting October 25, 2016 (3 weeks, 6 sessions)
1 – 3pm EDT

Applying Agile Management to Information Development
November 7-8, 2016
San Jose, California

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
December 7-8, 2016
San Diego, California

CIDM Webinars

Pushing Back with Data: How to Influence Decision Makers Who Want to Rob You of Staff and Resources
Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services
September 8, 2016, 1pm EDT

Sowing Seeds of Transformation: How One Technical Documentation Team Changed an Industry
Presented by Susan Lalor, California Casualty and Andrew Thomas, SDL
October 13, 2016, 12pm EST

Agile Practices for Standards Development: GSIM, LIM, and the DDI Use Cases
Presented by Arofan Gregory, Aeon Technologies
November 10, 2016, 11am EST

Continuous Delivery is not Just for Software
Presented by Jennifer Chew, Electric Cloud
November 29, 2016, 12pm EST

Short Descriptions Shouldn’t Be a Tall Order: Writing Effective Short Descriptions
Presented by Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT and Joe Storbeck, JANA
November 30, 2016, 12pm EST

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

How a CAT tool can help you
Presented by Robert Muirhead
September 12, 2016, 10am EDT


Our next managers’ round table discussion will be Tuesday, October 11th at 2pm EST. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

More Announcements.

The Internet of Things (IoT)—What does it mean for information developers?

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

We are hearing a lot about the Internet of Things these days—it’s one of the hot topics on the Internet. Gartner defines it as “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interface with their internal states or the external environment.” Or, to put it in lay terms, it is a world of devices that know how they are doing—are they humming along and happy, are they about to shut themselves down, or do they need help soon to keep humming.

Read the article.

Great Web Teams Are Highly Collaborative

Gerry McGovern, Customer Carewords
Reprinted with permission

Great web teams facilitate collaboration between disciplines and across organizational silos.

Historically, the Norwegian Cancer Society worked in silos when it came to managing its web site. “A specific example of where there was a lack of collaboration in the old web site was skin cancer,” Ida Aalen, senior interaction designer at Netlife Research explains. “In the “about cancer” section you could read about skin cancer, but the section about “prevention” also had pages about what skin cancer was. And neither of these linked to each other.”

Read the article.

The True Meaning of BS-Would you know it if you saw it?

Michael Shermer, Skeptic Magazine

Babble, bafflegab, balderdash, bilge, blabber, blarney, blather, bollocks, bosh, bunkum. These are a few of the synonyms (from just the b’s) for the demotic descriptor BS (as commonly abbreviated). The Oxford English Dictionary equates it with “nonsense.”

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Welcome New CIDM Member—Qualcomm

QualcommBillions, maybe trillions of times a day… That’s how often people around the world touch something made better by Qualcomm. It could be the smartphone in your pocket, the tablet on your coffee table, that wireless modem in your briefcase… it could even be that navigation system in your car or that action camera strapped to your chest.

Who is Qualcomm, and what do we do? We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. We are from many different countries and speak many different languages. We come from diverse cultures and have unique perspectives. Together, we focus on a single goal—invent mobile technology breakthroughs.

Learn more about CIDM (Center for Information-Development Management).

CIDM eNews Wants To Hear From You
Working on an exciting project? Developed a new strategy? Creating content in new ways? Delivering content in new media? Let us know what interesting developments you’ve been working on. We would love to have a short article from you (1,000 words or so) for the e-newsletter. Our readers would love to know what is working and even what hasn’t. Please contact our Editor, Lisa Larson with your idea.

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