Collaboration

Collaboration - Whatkindofexperienceshaveyouhadworking

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What kind of experiences have you had working  with others to create documentation? What elements worked well and what elements  created challenges? What did you do to work through the challenges? What kind of leadership was there?
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Writing with a partner Writing on a team Working with designers Handling conflict Writing for management review Writing for multiple reviewers Writing with a technical editor
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Plan the document together – clear understanding  of reader and purpose Divide tasks so partners are not overworked Consult to clarify or change Create a full draft for revision Edit for details such as grammar, punctuation,  spelling, etc.
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Plan Draft Revise and edit Team Issues Working at a distance Conflict  Other team members Writing with Editors Working with designers Fall 2008
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Planning involves many steps Planning helps create commitment and mutual  support All team writers should be equally involved in  planning
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Select someone to act as a coordinator of the team, call meetings, and organize the agenda. The  coordinator also can act as a discussion leader, seeking consensus and making sure that all questions  are covered. The team coordinator can set up a spreadsheet to track the activities and progress of  individual members. The coordinator also can us a software calendar or email to remind members to  enter their progress reports on the spreadsheet.  At meetings, select someone to take notes on decisions and assignments. These notes should be  distributed to team members as soon as possible. Clarify the writing problem so that each team member shares the same understanding of reader and  purpose. Generate ideas about strategy, format, and content without evaluating them until all possible ideas seem  to be on the table. This brainstorming should be freewheeling and noncritical so that members feel  confident about offering ideas. Discuss and evaluate the ideas about content ad graphics, and then narrow the suggestions to those that  seem most suitable. Arrive at a group agreement on overall strategy, format, and content for the document.
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