My name is Michael Tassano. I am a senior technical writer and have been involved in writing documentation for a variety of technical industries since 1996.

Below you will find a brief resumé, but the short version is that I was a software engineer for a decade or so before discovering I liked explaining software better than I liked writing it.

I have written everything from 300 page Java APIs to context-sensitive help. I have written user guides, installation guides, and programmer overviews. I have written marketing specifications, ISO9000 procedures, and contributed to company news letters. I have even done corporate display-booth signage, freelance articles on electric vehicles, and textbook illustration.

If you need a document in Word, Framemaker, XML, DocBook, or embedded in your favorite CMS system, talk to me. I can probably help.


Senior Technical Writer
(360) 221.8403


Senior Technical Writer since 1996
Detail oriented, goal-driven, proud of getting the job done right
Self-starter, focused on the finish line
Exemplary record of ontime delivery of APIs, User & Installation Guides, and Help documents
Experienced with Word, Framemaker, DocBook, PDF, HTML, XML, Sandcastle
10+ years writing software (C, C++, C#, Java, Motif, AWK, CSH, etc.)


Technical Writing Record

APIs for C#, Java, C++ (wrote and shipped in excess of 3,000 pages on schedule)
User, Administration, and Installation guides (Word, DocBook, Frame, etc.)
Template design for department documents (Word, DocBook, Frame)
Help documents (MAML/Sandcastle, Word, Frame, HTML)
Specifications, product descriptions, maintenance manuals for chip testers

Marketing & Non-technical Writing

Article: report on Electra97, interview with president of Sparrow Inc. (EVNews)
Article: site opening (LTX Xtra)
Departmental procedures for ISO9000 certification
Two fiction novels (unpublished)

Managerial Experience

Senior writing team leader
Production manager
Software Test manager

Graphic Experience

Illustrated "Networking and Data Communications" published by Prentice-Hall
Trade-show booth photos, signage
Intranet web pages for Marketing, Engineering, and DocCenter

Other Skills

System administrator: Sun/Unix & PC
Lead Assessor ISO9000 (certified Neville-Clarke)
Programmer using C++, BuilderAccessory, and ClearCase
Web designer (Friendship Force, Friends of Freeland, personal sites, etc.)
Illustrator using Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive/Dreamweaver, etc.
Document Release Administrator

Relevant Work History

Inkwell Ideas Inc., web-based (3/11 - 5/11). Contract writer.
Total Business Solutions, Kirkland, WA (8/10 - 9/10). Contract Sr. Technical Writer.
Ingeniux, Seattle, WA (9/09- 7/10). Contract Sr. Technical Writer.
Freelance Writer (1/02-present)
Tibco/Reuters, Palo Alto, CA (10/98-12/01). Senior Technical Writer.
LTX Inc., San Jose, CA (1/91-10/98). Senior Technical Writer, programmer.