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How Kurt Vonnegut Taught Me to Create PowerPoint Decks

May 17, 2018


Featured image graciously provided by the artist Maya Eilam at  Narrative in Technical Writing 3 Story Crafting 8 Recently, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation for work, and despite creating if from an agreed upon outline, the customer wanted a total rewrite. That’s okay, the deck was about the Agile philosophy, one tenet […]

Completing the User Story

September 13, 2014


What is Enough Documentation? An Agile tenet is “just enough documentation” which people often take to mean no documentation, or just the information that is recorded in the card plus acceptance criteria, the rest to be filled in by conversation. In discussion about green field Agile utopias, this might be enough. In the real world, […]

Protected: Adding Context to an Agile World

September 2, 2014

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Narration in Technical Writing 2

November 19, 2013


In Narration in Technical Writing 1, I talked about using a “movie trailer” intro to “sell” a technical idea under a show-don’t-tell approach. Here I’ll talk about how to take  that that dramatic lead and convert it into requirements. From Narrative to Requirements “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world […]

Narration in Technical Writing 1

November 18, 2013


Every tech writer has a literary giant hiding inside. Why wait? You can use that talent for narrative at work. The Movie Trailer Intro I have been very fortunate to work with many brilliant people in my career. The year before last, my friend Mark Hoffman and I were the primary authors on a paper […]