A month ago, I got a new job title: Information Architect. I maintain my company’s content infrastructure, training and supporting a writing team that has, through mergers and acquisitions, tripled in size over the last 18 months. I also look to the future, defining strategic goals and figuring out how to achieve them.
In describing my new beat, I told the writing team that I have two priorities:
- Help the team do their jobs as effectively as possible — by listening to them, by training them in both tools and concepts, and by fixing problems
- Position our documentation products to provide value to the company and its customers
What does that look like in real life? Well, the first priority is pretty much what you’d expect. If I’m listening to the team, I know where they need training and guidance. And I try to be responsive when someone has a problem. (I also rely on a couple of colleagues who can also step in and troubleshoot when needed.)
The second priority, for me, is the crux of my job. But, paradoxically, it’s a lot harder to envision. Continue reading