What realities are out there?

Today’s innovations in the field of computer-generated environment make it possible to experience an exciting journey to the world of other reality with as little as one device. After all, the aphorism “Less is more” goes far beyond the sphere of architecture, where it was initially used. Let’s explore the emerging technologies of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities, and see what can be the use of them in technical communication.

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Write the Docs 2017 Highlights

It has been almost two months since I attended the Write the Docs but even now I reminisce on two days in Prague when documentarians from all over the world gathered to share ideas, experiences, and later—some beer.

Below are the most memorable slides of talks, lightning talks, and untalks (that’s how one calls the talks on the unconference, right?)

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Multitasking: not only inefficient, but also harmful

The myth of multitasking is one of the traps most of us fall into, especially in the office environment. Multitasking is a trendy skill in numerous job descriptions. It seems, the world needs super-duper multitaskers at all times. It was also presumed that those who appear effective in multitasking have superior brain function as well as better control of their thinking stream. Is such presumption true? Is multitasking really effective? And how does it influence our productivity and mental state? Recent studies show negative results. So, if you are checking your messages while reading this article or jumping from one web page to another, just stop for a moment. Continue reading

Voice-Over Preparedness Drill

Remember that Big Bang Theory episode with Sheldon Cooper and his Emergency Preparedness Drill? It may not be necessary to take your preparedness to such an extreme level, although with voice-overs, you should definitely be ready for whatever comes up, especially if you’ve never done them before. I’d like to share with you my experience and some stumbling blocks on the way as well as tips on how to step them over.

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Requirements that you didn’t know were there (Write the Docs Europe 2017)

Proudly presenting the slides from my talk at Write the Docs Europe 2017, now on SlideShare!

Plus, fresh recording of the live talk.

For those of you who missed it, here’s a short intro.

Every doc that you deliver is as useful as the requirements it satisfies. Typical requirements revolve around target audience, method of delivery, technical limitations. But after the doc is done, then come unexpected expectations. John – your key stakeholder – dislikes clichés like corporate templates and wants to stand out with neat Apple-styled docs. Also, it was a mistake to tell him about similar ‘really cool docs’ you already did for his colleague Jane because apparently they don’t get along well, and now he proudly decided that he won’t mimic her decisions… Suddenly, your docs should not only make users happy, but also help your stakeholders achieve their aims – move up a career ladder, impress the manager, get a bigger paycheck. The success of your docs depends on requirements that you are never told but are still expected to meet. This presentation is about reading your stakeholders and deducing the ultimate requirements.