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Upcoming Sessions

  • TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    Using Controlled Language to Improve Re-use and Global Readiness

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Comgenesis

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    Mindful and enlightened TCs working in a CMS environment maximize re-use and create global-ready content that meets their audiences’ needs while reducing costs and improving efficiency. Controlled Language, implemented correctly, can help you achieve these goals. However, many companies implement Simplified Technical English or other controlled language initiatives, but struggle to maximize the benefits, or discover issues with the human side of change management. In this presentation, we will discuss best practices for implementing controlled language, identify some potential challenges, provide recommendations for working around them.

    After the presentation, participants will have a better understanding of these concepts:

    • Best practices for implementing controlled language
    • Risk mitigation and the importance of pilot projects
    • Effect of implementing controlled language on your TMs
    • Benefits and ROI of controlled language
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  • TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    What You Need to Know about Agile and Tech Comm

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Alyssa Fox, NetIQ

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    When working in an agile environment, technical writers can face some challenges in planning, workload balancing, and execution. But writers can realize numerous benefits in this environment if they follow a few principles to stay flexible and fully engaged on their project teams.

    This session provides the top five things you need to know to be a successful technical communicator in an agile environment.

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  • TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    TBA but the topic is ePub with Scott Prentice

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Scott Prentice, Leximation

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    Description coming soon, but you can register now and be notified automatically when it gets updated.

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  • TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • TC Dojo Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    Arbortext TC Dojo Mastermind Session

    • Audience: All levels
    • Arbortext Mastermind Group (Members Only)

    Get that networking experience you need without having to travel to get it!

    Share your expertise with others, while they share theirs with you. Discuss your challenges and solicit advice that applies to your unique situation.

    The Mastermind provides an opportunity for discussion in a confidential, supportive environment. Network with your peers and benefit from each other's experiences.

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    TBA but our visiting Dojo Master is Alan Houser!

    Visiting TC Dojo Master: Alan Houser, Group Wellesley

    • TC Dojo Open Session
    • Cost: Free

    Description coming soon, but you can register now and be notified automatically when it gets updated.

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Did you miss the last session?

Are You Getting the Most Out of DITA Content Reuse?

DITA was built around the idea of content reuse, but many content creators are not maximizing reuse within their own documents. When DITA content is optimized for reuse, content creators can focus on writing new content, reduce localization costs, and deliver more consistent content.

In this presentation, IXIASOFT's DITA Specialist Keith Schengili-Roberts will examine the various levels of reuse possible within DITA, including what you need to know to get the most out of topic-level reuse, phrase-level reuse, using keys effectively and more. He will also answer common questions relating to content reuse, including:

  • What are the benefits of DITA-based content reuse?
  • How do you measure content reuse?
  • What levels of reuse are considered optimal?
  • Can you go too far with content reuse?

Aimed at both new and experienced DITA users, Keith's presentation looks not only at how to create effective content for reuse, but also why it matters.

TC Dojo Master

Keith Schengili-Roberts, Ixiasoft. Keith Schengili-Roberts is formerly the manager of a documentation and localization team within the graphics engineering group at AMD. Prior to becoming manager he worked as an Information Architect, redesigning the content deliverables and moving the group from an unstructured FrameMaker-based toolchain to one that uses a DITA Content Management System (in this case, IXIASOFT‘s DITA CMS). He has a real interest in learning more about DITA, particularly in how other people and firms are using it.