Information Management News
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CIDM adds a Blog to our member benefits
We’ve been considering a Blog for some time as a supplement to the CIDM Best Practices listserv. The Blog now in place at www.cidmblog.com makes it easier to everyone to find interesting topics and add their own comments.
What Makes Minimalism So Popular Today?
Why Minimalism? Why is interest in minimalism so high today? TheMinimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop is by far our most popular offering. In fact, three of us now teach the workshop, myself, Bill Hackos, and Bill Gearhart, just to keep up with the demand. We offer it through public “brown bag” workshops sponsored by host companies and inhouse to publications groups working to change their approaches to providing user information. Not only do these teams devote time and resources to learning about the minimalist agenda, they actually work hard to implement it in their documentation. We have a regular correspondence with previous participants to clarify their approaches and let us know how they’re doing. A phenomenon indeed!
“Agile” or “lightweight” techniques are becoming more and more popular for developing new and innovative software projects. In these new contexts, the ways technical documentation is developed have changed quite remarkably. It can be interesting to understand reasons and consequences for these new working scenarios.
On December 17, Charles Dowdell posed some questions on the Comtech Listserv: Does anyone have any success stories of where Tech Pubs resides organizationally? What makes the most sense organizationally? We present a summary of responses.