Adobe Workshop – TC Summer Camp 2017

Creating and Managing Content Across the Organization

Marketing, Engineering, and Technical Publications teams often develop content in different tools and store content in separate content management systems, which makes it difficult to share content and deliver a unified and consistent customer experience. Join Dustin Vaughn, Solutions Consulting Manager with Adobe, as he demonstrates a holistic approach to content and how it addresses many of the time-consuming and error prone aspects of content creation.

Workshop leader: Dustin Vaughn, Solutions Consulting Manager, Adobe

DustinVaughnDustin is the Solutions Consulting Manager for the Technical Communication group at Adobe. He JUST moved to Florida this week from Texas, and enjoys taking his four sons to watch donkey basketball (It’s a real thing – check YouTube!). On the business side of things, he manages a team of experts in Adobe’s Technical Communication and eLearning products. Dustin has served as a panelist, speaker, and Adobe representative at various industry conferences. He designs, develops, and hosts technical, solution-oriented demonstrations for strategic global customers. He was also the solution designer and presenter for a cross-organizational and multi-product project designed for a key US Government client.

When: Saturday DATE, 8:30-10:30 AM


Structured Authoring Workshop – TC Summer Camp 2017

Structured Authoring for Beginners

Are you new to structured authoring and topic-based writing? Are you more comfortable with unstructured desktop publishing applications and apprehensive about moving to XML or some other structured authoring environment?

This workshop is for you if you want to know the how, why, and what it is about structured authoring that has other companies pursuing something like DITA, even if, right now, you don’t have to do it yourself.

Get the basics of structured authoring and topic based writing in this gentle, but experiential workshop.

When: Saturday 9 September 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM


Workshop leader: Janice Summers, Single-Sourcing Solutions, specializes in helping people who’ve only ever used unstructured desktop publishing applications learn structured authoring. She’s been successfully transitioning Word users to XML authoring for the last 15 years and hasn’t lost anyone yet!


Effective Collaboration Workshop – TC Summer Camp 2017

Use your unique strengths to engage content collaborators

Does this sound like you? You need to engage with diverse professionals and personalities on authoring technical documentation, but find it hard to engage with people that generalize, jump to conclusions, make changes without reasons, and race the clock? You are not alone. 14% of knowledge workers had felt like striking a coworker in the past year but didn’t, and 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • 12 unique strengths you need on your content team
  • 3 causes of stress, strain and conflict in collaborative authoring
  • 1 exercise to increase synergy between writers, editors, developers and SME

You will leave this workshop with concrete action items that strengthen your effectiveness on your authoring eco-system. It’s a getting-started guide to making it natural and easy to work with you.

This TC Camp workshop will challenge you. At the core is advice on how to connect and communicate more powerfully with your authoring team.

Participants have greatly increased their ability to implement new learnings by taking an optional Kolbe A Assessment before the workshop. Bringing your individualized Kolbe A assessment will enable you to define concrete action items during our time together at the camp. Registrants will have the option to purchase a Kolbe A assessment at a discounted price in advance of the workshop.

When: Saturday 9 September 2017, 8:30-10:30 AM


Workshop leader

Andrew Lawless, Rockant Inc

Andrew Lawless is a best-selling author, performance coach, educator, and consultant. He is razor sharply focused on inspiring and priming professionals for success. He uses a time-proven and scientifically verified approach to boost team performance. Andrew helps you uncover your strengths and hidden talents so that working together will be easier and more productive than ever before.

Andrew brings a unique blend of experience in behavioral sciences, publishing, localization, and education. He served as a trainer and consultant to the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit where he helped analyze the mindset of hostage takers. Andrew presented his successes with improving global marketing teams to the US White House and testified before the US Senate on the importance of professional development in localization to the US economy. He is adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.