CIDM Webinar: “DITA Metrics in Production: How, When, Where and Why (and How Much?)”

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DITA Metrics in Production

I am presenting an updated version of the presentation I gave at the Baltimore DITA Conference for the Center for Information-Development Management folks tomorrow. It is called “DITA Metrics in Production: How, When, Where and Why (and How Much?)” and focuses on how to gather DITA-based metrics and use them to focus on quality and costs.

Here’s the synopsis from the CIDM site:

Using metrics for DITA is a common topic when it comes to figuring out the Return on Investment numbers to justify buying a Content Management System, but what about when you already have the CMS and want to measure how productive your writing team is? AMD’s Documentation & Localization Manager, Keith Schengili-Roberts has been using a DITA CMS for four years and will go over the types of metrics he uses to measure the productivity of his team. He will also look at how to measure re-use rates, the relative benefits of using segmentation numbers vs. topic counts, and looking at how to improve quality through metrics. This talk is aimed particularly at managers who are seeking additional tools for making effective decisions in deploying their DITA writing staff.

It runs tomorrow (June 16, 2011) and starts at 11:00am EDT (GMT -4:00) and is set to run for one-and-a-half hours (60 minutes for the presentation, and a half-hour for QA time). It is free for CIDM members, and costs $75 for everyone else. You can sign up for it here.

About ditawriter

"DITAWriter" is Keith Schengili-Roberts. I am currently seeking work, preferably as an Information Architect/Content Strategist, Consultant, Trainer, Senior Technical Writer or any other position that can use my DITA knowledge and skills. If you are looking for DITA-related help please contact me directly at I was formerly the Manager of a Documentation team within the engineering group for a large firm in the semiconductor industry who took his team into the bright new world of DITA back in 2006. I also worked as its Information Architect, redesigning the content deliverables and moving the group from an unstructured FrameMaker-based toolchain to one that used a DITA Content Management System.