Storyboard your User ManualStoryboard your User ManualAvi SolomonAvi Solomonavisolo@firstname.lastname@example.org
A Storyboard is a sequence of imagesA Storyboard is a sequence of imagesand words drawn together on a pageand words drawn together on a pageto form a plausible narrativeto form a plausible narrative
Storyboards are routinely used in the movie makingStoryboards are routinely used in the movie makingbusiness to ‘walkthrough a movie before a single shotbusiness to ‘walkthrough a movie before a single shotis taken.is taken.
Not only does a storyboard allow for a dress rehearsal of the finalNot only does a storyboard allow for a dress rehearsal of the finalproduct but by the very fact of being posted on the wall, it elicitsproduct but by the very fact of being posted on the wall, it elicitsearly feedback and encourages quick, painless editing, leading toearly feedback and encourages quick, painless editing, leading tosignificant savings in time and resources.significant savings in time and resources.Disney was a storyboarding freak!Disney was a storyboarding freak!
so is M. Night Shyamalam!so is M. Night Shyamalam!
Storyboarding has spread far beyond filmmaking.Storyboarding has spread far beyond filmmaking.It is an effective means of producing books quickly.It is an effective means of producing books quickly.
I first encountered storyboarding as a productionI first encountered storyboarding as a productionmethod in the famous 1965 STOP report.method in the famous 1965 STOP report.
I’ve successfully used storyboards to produceI’ve successfully used storyboards to producequality Technical Documentation since 1999quality Technical Documentation since 1999
Here’s an example of anHere’s an example of aninitial storyboard topic .initial storyboard topic .There were 50 topicThere were 50 topicstoryboards for the userstoryboards for the usermanual. I created themanual. I created thestoryboards in Visio andstoryboards in Visio andhad the development teamhad the development teamreview it very quickly.review it very quickly.You can either print andYou can either print andpost the storyboards on apost the storyboards on aconference room wall orconference room wall orgive each team member agive each team member abound storyboard bookletbound storyboard bookletfor individual review.for individual review.Sure beats gettingSure beats gettingengineers to review aengineers to review aword document!word document!
I collated the feedbackI collated the feedbackfrom the development teamfrom the development teamand quickly came up withand quickly came up withthe initial topic content.the initial topic content.As the product developed IAs the product developed Iwas able to keep up withwas able to keep up withthe many changesthe many changesthroughout the userthroughout the usermanual.manual.The storyboard review alsoThe storyboard review alsoled team members toled team members toreflect on the prospectivereflect on the prospectiveuser interactions and makeuser interactions and makeimprovements in theimprovements in thesoftware user interface.software user interface.There were no delays on myThere were no delays on mypart during the project andpart during the project andeveryone was satisfied!everyone was satisfied!
I hope this little demo has given you theI hope this little demo has given you thepush to use Storyboarding to producepush to use Storyboarding to producequality Technical Documentation!quality Technical Documentation!email me for a Storyboard template pack:email me for a Storyboard template pack:email@example.com@gmail.comhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/avisolomonhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/avisolomon