October 17 monthly mtg: What’s In It for Me? Getting Stakeholder Buy-in for Single Source Projects with Liz Fraley
Wednesday, 03 October 2012

One of the biggest questions that people considering moving to a single-source environment have is: How do I get buy in? There are two sides to this question: How do I get buy in from management? And How do I get buy in from my team?

Single-sourcing projects require new skill sets, new roles, and significant changes that forces productive and successful team members out of their comfort zones. It requires resources, dedication, and sponsorship from the enterprise as well.

Some things can be driven from the bottom up and some from the top, but regardless of where it starts, moving to a single-sourcing environment requires buy-in by all those whose process is affected directly or indirectly.

An entire body of literature is dedicated to change management. This presentation will share advice, guidance, and lessons learned from a variety of customers in a range of industries who have made this transition.

Some of the issues covered in these case studies include:

- Keys to increasing adoption in writing teams
- Lessons learned throughout the process
- Strategies for rolling out new single-source authoring tools
- Typical tasks and roles
- Strategies to facilitate and encourage new skill acquisition
- How to transition content authoring processes
- Rolling out to distributed teams
- Special issues with regard to outsourced writing groups
- Redesigning processes to address business requirements for quality and traceability
- Presenting to upper management


Liz Fraley
Single Sourcing Solutions, Inc.

Before founding Single-Sourcing Solutions, Liz worked in both high-tech and government sectors, developing and delivering technical design and strategy of authoring and publishing solutions as a Single-Source/XML Architect/Programmer. For over a decade, she has architected and implemented the single-sourcing systems for government and high tech companies.

Specializing in practical development and deployment, she is a strong advocate of designing architectures that directly improve organizational efficiency, productivity, and interoperability. She presents regularly at industry and vendor conferences and is very active in the software engineering user communities: SF Bay Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) council member, SF Bay Arbortext PTC/User group charter member, and host of both a blog and a podcast that focus on strategies, skills, and resources for the user community.

She holds degrees in Computer Science and English from the University of College Park and a Masters in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Register at www.stc-sf.org. Please note: This month we will be meeting in room 612.