Shweta Hardikar
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What's in the name?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin Senor Jul 25, 2012. 13 Replies

What name does everyone prefer for our profession - are we technical writers, technical communicators, documentation specialists or information developers?What could be the best name? I am forever…Continue

Trends in Technical Communication 2011

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Kunz Oct 20, 2011. 1 Reply

Hi,So here we are again talking about the latest trends. I have read about 10 posts on that topic, so what exactly are the "Trends in Technical Communication" this year? Is it DITA, is it Wiki,…Continue

Tags: communication, technical, trends

Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?

Started this discussion. Last reply by shesh Oct 24, 2013. 20 Replies

Hie People, I have started working on wiki lately and have fallen in love with it. My organization has made a collective decision of moving all end-user documentation on wiki. While we haven't yet…Continue

Tags: format, new, formats, traditional, wiki

Pigs or chicken?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shweta Hardikar Sep 28, 2011. 9 Replies

I have recently joined a new company and started working in agile environment, and while i was reading about the agile process and methodology I came across these terms - 'Pigs and Chicken' :). As…Continue

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shesh replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
" if am wrong, could you please share the tech writers documentation flow in agile environment at your work place or in general."
Oct 24, 2013
shesh replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
" Actually, I just wanted to know once developers explain the code, do we have any user interface to test the changes or just need to follow the developers instructions in documenting."
Oct 24, 2013
Shweta Hardikar replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
"Hi Shesh, We work with product teams in what one can call as iterations of two-three weeks.  In each iteration, some part of the user story or an entire user story is dev complete. We enter after a story is QA complete as well and complete…"
Oct 24, 2013
shesh replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
"Hi Shwetha, I was exploring about Agile work environment and read the above discussion. So I thought, you may be the right person to exchange information on how tech-writers work in agile work environment. When I searched in Google,…"
Oct 24, 2013
Shweta Hardikar liked Alison Turner's blog post Efforts at Professional Development
Oct 10, 2013
Shweta Hardikar and Eesha Tarte are now friends
Jul 22, 2013
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Apr 22, 2013
Shweta Hardikar liked Amina Sherif's blog post New Kid on the Block
Feb 15, 2013
Dennis Divine replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
"I think the demise of traditional hard-copy documentation is probably wishful thinking by some, but quite unlikely. In some environments, trying to read instructions from a screen while assembling complex products or performing intricate procedures…"
Oct 24, 2012
Shweta Hardikar replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
"Thanks Riley, that's an interesting point- reuse."
Oct 18, 2012
Jerker Jakobsson replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
"I moved our end user documentation to a Wiki. It works because we only support one language and one version of our software. We use the MediaWiki platform as it has quite a few nice extensions, for example a book creator which allows you to produce…"
Oct 16, 2012
rahul gulati replied to Shweta Hardikar's discussion Will Wikis make the traditional forms of documentation obsolete?
"Mark, For a company which is setting up a Tech writing Team (say 5-10 writers), what help authoring tools do you suggest(cost included) and why? Will wiki-based documentation fit the bill?"
Oct 4, 2012

Profile Information

Who am I?

I am a Technical Writer for last three years, working in an IT company in Pune, India. My work primarily allows me to develop user documentation, review all types of SDLC documents, train people in writing and using Microsoft Office.

I am known for being jabbering away to glory once I know a person. I love to teach and get satisfaction by interacting with people in the trainings I conduct in my company.

When I am not developing user manuals, performing editorial reviews, or chatting with developers, I am listening to all sorts of music, reading books and watching Friends – The sitcom.

I love to eat and explore all cuisines. I am a seafood lover and a wine enthusiast.

A social media aficionado, I am thrilled to see a networking site (an attractive version) just for Technical Writers all over the world.

Shweta Hardikar's Blog

Technical Communicator for a Small IT Organization

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 2:34am 4 Comments

My husband works for a small organization. By small, I do not means in terms of revenue, but around 20-30 people, niche focus, with Indian and overseas clients. Today as we were having breakfast, we had an argument where he said his company is not yet ready to hire a Technical Writer as they are not ‘at that stage’ yet. It made me wonder what exactly is that ‘stage’ when you would consider hiring a technical writer? Well, I will discuss that in the next post. The point I want to explore here…

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Completing the Circle

Posted on July 29, 2011 at 5:26am 3 Comments

Two new recruits joined our technical communication group today. These are recruited from the same department and university that I belonged to. They have the same background as I had when I was a fresher in the Technical Writing field. I showed them around our company, guided them, talked to them and helped them get oriented to a professional working atmosphere. I also explained them how we as a team function in this company. I also tried to show them the big picture and the small…

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Side-Effects of Being a Technical Writer

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 7:00am 20 Comments

Ever since I have actively been interested in technical writing, I see instructions everywhere. Worse, I have started reading all sorts of information shared with products as diverse as hair removing creams to ready-to-eat food packets. The other day, I was marveling the person who must have put all the important information in the Hair Removal Cream's short guide. Though one might say that a HRC is not a huge product, however I was…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 2:04pm on April 29, 2011, Sushant Paikaray said…
hi, thanks.
At 4:37am on May 17, 2011, ManuPriya said…
Thanks for the welcome message Shweta! It feels great to be here :)
At 4:51pm on December 6, 2011, Shevonne A Polastre said…

Hi! 

At 11:18pm on December 6, 2011, Shweta Hardikar said…

Hi Shevonne! How are you doing? I recently viewed the video-cast on your blog :) You have a flair for such things!

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