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Document revision: why MS Word isn't enough (part 2)

  • By Fabrice Talbot
  • March 05, 2010

In the first part of this article we described in detail an inefficient document management business process that had Microsoft Word as the central piece and promised to come back with reasons for that “inefficient” feature. Certainly, using MS Word for  document management is better than printing out copy and reviewing it, passing it on [...]

Agile business concepts – How to put them in practice? (part 1)

Agile: In a new era, agile has taken on a new meaning. The traditional definition, according to Webster’s, is: “quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble; mentally quick or alert: an agile mind.” An agile mind! Working “agilely” creates an agile mind, and an agile process is possible with an agile mind. The purpose of the agile [...]

Agile business concepts – How to put them in practice? (part 2)

  • By Fabrice Talbot

So, let's dig  into the agile business process some more. An agile environment allows for diverse teams and teamwork to flourish. To complete the agile process, business people work together with developers daily throughout the duration of the agile development while building projects around individuals rather than building individuals around a project. Thus, teamwork is [...]

Role-based collaboration. Why is that important?

Open collaboration vs. structured collaboration is one of the main debates in collaborative writing and editing. So, let’s dig a bit deeper into the topic of business collaboration. Let’s start by stating the obvious: people need leaders. We can’t all be leaders; that would result in anarchy. That’s not a good thing to have in your [...]

Teamwork or flying solo?

Most people prefer working in teams, rather than alone. Still, if you ask them, some might prefer to work alone sometimes (i.e. when they have to focus on something urgent and they think that team work would slow them down). Others would rather work from home a few days per week – so, no team [...]

Web collaboration trends & amp; forecasts

Everybody’s thinking about the future of his business, trying always to innovate and to optimize it. So, we thought we’d do a little thinking ourselves, regarding the web collaboration industry we’re serving. Here’s what came out of it: 1. Completely move into the cloud – an advice to consider for group collaboration When we addressed [...]

How to review documents

In many fields of activity, document review is part of the daily job. Business documents, articles, technical documentation, book content, reports and product specifications have to be revised several times before they reach their final form. Document review work can be very long and troublesome.  However, there are several document review tools meant to ease [...]

Top 5 challenges you will face with document review

Back in October, we gave a workshop at the San Francisco STC chapter that addressed some of the benefits and challenges associated to collaborative review. Identifying the main problems in document review work is the main step to achieving an effective document revision process. While everyone’s experience is unique, we can clearly identify recurring problems [...]

Cloud computing – The way to go

No sooner than last week, The Economist hosted a lively debate on Cloud Computing. Their position on this matter is, and I quote: “This house believes that the cloud can't be entirely trusted.”

I believe that is one of the most “politically correct” and diplomatic statements I’ve ever heard for the IT industry. Besides the fact that they’re making it hard for us to put them on one side of the fence, or the other, I found the debate to be quite interesting.

Documentation review – Get it done!

We had the pleasure of giving a workshop called "Documentation review - Get it done!" at the local San Francisco STC chapter earlier this week. We designed this workshop around three interactive games played in groups. We wanted to make the evening an enjoyable learning experience for everyone. Those games helped participants identify key fallacies experienced [...]

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