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A presentation given by Scott Nesbitt of DMN Communications at the Free Software Open Source Software Symposium (FSOSS 2009) on October 30, 2009.

A presentation given by Scott Nesbitt of DMN Communications at the Free Software Open Source Software Symposium (FSOSS 2009) on October 30, 2009.

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    Keep It Simple: Streamline your documentation to make it more effective Keep It Simple: Streamline your documentation to make it more effective Presentation Transcript

    • Keep It Simple Streamline your documentation to make it more effective Scott Nesbitt Partner, DMN Communications
    • Keep it simple
    • Are we giving users the help they need, in the way they need it?
    • 1.0 + 2.0 = 1.5?
    • Go minimal
    • Ditch the manual
    • Don't be afraid to cut
    • Start at the front
    • Think outside the ToC
    • Think in terms of topics
    • Docs as conversation, literally
    • Write tightly
    • Sometimes, more is better
    • People are looking for advanced tips and tricks. They're not looking for the basics. They're looking for things that will give them more of an edge. ­ Tim O'Reilly
    • Questions?
    • Resources on the Web Web site: www.dmncommunications.com Presentations: www.dmncommunications.com/presentations.php Blog: www.dmncommunications.com/weblog SlideShare repository: www.slideshare.net/DMN.Communications Twitter: www.twitter.com/dmnguys