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Barb Einarsen

Founder

Clarity Writing Systems

Barb Einarsen has a passion for making things better, and doing it as a team. She creates a vision with stakeholders to reach that next level of maturity, or usability, or customer experience, or technical quality; whatever makes sense in the environment. Barb is a friendly change agent who can spearhead big changes in a well communicated way that includes everyone and erodes resistance. She enjoys writing and has about 25 years of experience in the software industry.

Sessions Presented by Barb Einarsen:

Monday, June 4

10:15-11:10 AM

MadCap Flare and the Globally Distributed Team

Track 3 MadCap Flare Source Control Team Management

In this presentation, Barb Einarsen explains how moving to MadCap Flare vastly improved her team’s ability to work as a globally distributed team. With writers all over the US and the world, the team struggled with the challenges of silo-ed writers as well as content that was locked in a proprietary, binary format. She discusses how using Flare and TFS as a light content management system, the team was able to branch and merge using modern source control practices. Publishing, which used to take several weeks for each brand, is now virtually instantaneous, with consistent results each time. Discover how an agile development environment can help global management teams achieve improved content quality and processes.

Tuesday, June 5

4:20-5:20 PM

MadCap Flare in an Agile Environment

Track 2 MadCap Flare Agile Team Management Team Foundation Server

In this presentation, Barb Einarsen shares her experiences of moving to an Agile Scrum environment, and the process of upgrading their source control, authoring, and publishing tools to MadCap Flare and Team Foundation Server. The challenges of a long and involved publishing process was exacerbated by the limitations of their existing tools, and results were often inconsistent. But with the switch, they were able to simplify publishing to PDF and HTML5 help as well as rebranding for multiple partners. Within a single release, the team had migrated all content to Flare, and had every writer authoring and publishing using the new tools.