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Writing a technical book is a lot harder than I thought
Writing a technical book is a lot harder than I thought
   Recently a close friend (Bonnie Biafore) and I decided to work on a book about Microsoft Project 2016.  We agreed on the style, outline, business objectives, and approach.  With a technical training format, the book would show how to address real business issues and also provide step by step instructions on how to implement solutions with the software. Although many books provide how-to technical information, we decided to make learning come to reality by providing sample files and step-by-step instructions so readers could follow along from start to finish. This book project started back in October and now we’re ready to go to press.
First, we had to decide what type of sample project to use. And we had to hash out the outline, determining where topics should be covered based on how readers use the software and learn about it. After that, the devil is in the details, as they say. They aren't kidding. Writing the chapter and managing the effort was her part, with the exception of two chapters where I had more knowledge: SharePoint and Project Server or Online.
I thought just reviewing what someone else wrote wouldn’t be that difficult, since Bonnie is the author of the Project Missing Manual.   Boy, was I wrong. It isn’t what you think. Bonnie is a great writer! It was me who was the problem. I tried to keep up and learn, but everything was coming at me too fast. Trying to maintain my consultant practice and keep up with her was too much.  I would be four to eight chapters behind and sinking.  Finally, I decided to do something about that, so I pushed everything aside and dug in. It worked unless a customer crisis popped up, and then I’d be right back to being behind again.
Why didn't she get someone else? I don't know. But she didn't and I’m glad, because now I really understand what it takes to be a successful author. She taught me how to create content, review, edit, and manage this process by leading me kicking and screaming.
I hope you’ll read Practical Project Management with Microsoft Project 2016 and provide us with feedback. By the way, also thank Bonnie for putting up with me.    #project, #linkedlearning, #lynda
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