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
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Two fiction novels (unpublished)
Senior writing team leader
Software Test manager
Illustrated "Networking and Data Communications" published by Prentice-Hall
Trade-show booth photos, signage
Intranet web pages for Marketing, Engineering, and DocCenter
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.