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Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook 1st Edition

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A unique, integrative, team-centered approach to writing and formatting technical documents

Technical Professionals:

  • Do you have difficulty producing high-quality documents with multiple contributors when faced with a tight deadline?
  • Do you need a process that enables global team members to collaborate online as they produce sophisticated documents?
  • Do you prefer the ease of a WYSIWG desktop publishing tool like Microsoft Word rather than more complex software like LaTeX?
  • Professors and Graduate Students:
  • Do you want to streamline the process of writing multi-investigator papers, reports, proposals, and books?
  • Do you spend a lot of time formatting documents instead of thinking and writing?
  • Do you write research papers in Microsoft Word and then need to convert them to LaTeX for your thesis?
  • Do you write research papers in LaTeX and then need to convert them to Microsoft Word when embarking on collaborations with your colleagues from industry?

Undergraduate Students:

  • Do you need to write a research paper and don't know where to start?
  • Do you need to collaborate with classmates on a long paper and find yourself lost in organizational details rather than immersed in the content?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook is for you. It provides an easy-to-learn system that streamlines individual and collaborative writing, allowing you and your teams to instantly become more productive and create the highest quality documents in a minimum amount of time. Introduced here are the STREAM Tools—Scientific and Technical wRiting, Editing, and file Management Tools—which unlock your collaborators' potential and addresses team dynamics, separation of duties, and workflow. You'll see how to ensure compatibility among multiple writers, achieve consistent formatting, organize content, integrate bibliographic databases, automate the process of document preparation, and move content between Microsoft Word and LaTeX. Checklists, guidelines, and success stories are also included to help you operate as efficiently as possible.

From planning and editing documents to solving common team writing problems to managing workflow, Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook is the one-stop reference that allows teams to collaborate successfully and create unified, effective documents.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470229764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470229767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Technical Writing for Teams
Stream Tools Handbook by Mamishev and Williams
IEEE Press Wiley Publishers

Reviewed by: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

A theme of this book is to establish uniform protocols for
producing complex research documents with single authors
or multiple contributors and reference citations.
Streamtools is a collection of best practices for scientific
and technical writers. The file management allows re-use
of the legacy content, network file sharing and applications.
i.e. Sharepoint

Examples of major software are Microsoft Word, Math Type and
Visio. The authors provide an excellent contrast of Microsoft
Word to LaTeX. The writing process has 4 stages.
i.e. Definition, Preparation, Writing and Completion.
Table 2.1 provides an excellent editing markup table with
sample comments like c:\model for model document.

Version control is critical so that everyone understands who worked on
a document and when the work was completed. The authors provide
a good graphing protocol including (1) right sized fonts
2) label x-y axes (3) description of the label
(4) center the graphic (5) graph lines should be thick.
The book should contrast non-standardized formats with the
standardized ones produced by the popular database packages.

Popular database packages for collaborative works are EndNote,
Reference Manager and Pro Cite. End Note is the most popular
according to the authors. [...]

Table 5.9 provides common proofreading marks like "cap" and "ital".
Another section describes methods for decision making.
i.e.
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This is a wonderful book with a standardized framework for managing complex writing projects in large virtual teams. In the past, I had to manage a global team of consultants across the world from Bangalore (India), Moscow (Russia) and New York City (United States). As a deliverable of our projects, we write a lot of complex technical documents.

By utilizing this framework, I was able to improve my processes for the entire project, which resulted in a number of learnings that I will continue to use and remember in future projects.

Great book. Definitely 5 stars.
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While reading the STREAM Tools handbook, I learned how to use the functionalities of Microsoft Word that I knew existed (I had seen them on the ribbon), but I never wanted to risk messing up my documents to test them out. Before this book, I felt I was proficient in Microsoft Word. Now I would consider myself an expert.

The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and in no time, I was able to create a template for a college research paper. It had headings auto-numbered, pre-formatted so that all I had to do was write the content. I couldn't believe that all of my headings, tables, figures, the table of contents, and even my captions, would automatically reorder themselves with a simple press of a button. Surprisingly, this was only one small section of the STREAM Tools handbook. The book also contains many other resources for document design and management.

By using STREAM Tools in the beginning of the writing process, you never have to worry about formatting again! I can create another document using the same template! I don't have to waste any time setting up new formatting the next time I sit down to write.

Like the title suggests, this book has great tips and insight into how to manage large complex documents and team-oriented writing, but the knowledge I have gained allows me to use STREAM Tools in even the most basic of documents!
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I borrowed a copy of this book from my friend and reading it right now. I am finding some really useful techniques for using MS Word - properly inserting graphics without losing quality, automating figure numberings and captions, and using text formatting styles when grabbing content from older documents. The Tools help me get really organized before jumping into writing technical reports. I just ordered my own copy that I could share with my coworkers.
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Okay, so I won't vent here about how MicroSoft products have ALWAYS from the beginning been kinda clunky and non-intuitive.

From WAY back in the beginning when everyone said to have any actual, you know, fun on a computer, instead of having Big Bill controlling your every move and concealing his tools, get an Apple ][

To get any actual work of course, you'd have to go Mac as soon as they came out.

Then Bill caught on and started to loosen up.

Not his nature. Really. Tight . . . even grumpy.

And so MSWord remains a mystery to us all. Now practically the monopoly upon every machine, we still cannot figure out how to reach all those great features we really need to get at to get our work darn done, dude.

And now it is really just about the only game in town, and it knows it, too.

Thank God for this book. Everyone who has any kind of academic writing to do, anyone who has some serious scientific reports to make, whether alone or in a team, needs this book.

At under 250 pages, it opens the mysterious world of MSWord for you, and much more, and gives you the strength for further investigation. It puts Bill Gates to work for you, and not the grumpy, fickle, tight wad Bill Gates, but a Bill who is eager to serve, at your pleasure.

Everything but go get coffee.

And yet so very much more:

As one who has taught the inscrutable English language for decades to Speakers of Other Languages, as one who has tried to write understandably in English, I found the penultimate chapter particularly interesting.
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