Paula Berger

My Professional Experience


  • Experienced technical writer, editor, information architect, instructional designer, course developer, trainer, marketing writer, web developer, and indexer.
  • Experienced consultant. Worked with clients to determine communication, training, and content management needs. Developed targeted solutions, including goals, strategies, processes, tools, budgets, staffing, resources, and evaluation methods.
  • Managed information product development projects and provided consulting services. Extensive experience managing projects, staff, and events.
  • Produced professional development courses and conferences worldwide. Worked with industry experts to develop courses and presentations on leading-edge technologies, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Edited all course materials and conference presentations and produced conference proceedings.
  • Strong knowledge of international business practices and cross-cultural communication.

Virtual, Inc., Director of Communication Services, 2004

Virtual provides management services for associations, consortia, and virtual communities. Responsible for communications with association members and external groups, including websites, newsletters, and press releases.

Technical Communication and Training Consultant, 2001-2004

  • Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, 2004. Cardiograph division.
  • Prisma International, Minneapolis, MN, 2003-2004. Localization and translation company.
  • Nokia, Tampere, Finland, 2003. Worldwide mobile communications company
  • Neo-Motion, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2003-04. User interface design consulting company.
  • Finnish Technical Communication Society, 2003.
  • Barkan Management, Boston, MA, 2003. Property management company.
  • Ergoline srl, Bergamo, Italy, 2002-2003. Technical communication company based in Italy.
  • Fleet Bank, Boston, MA, 2002-2003.
  • nSight, Burlington, MA, 2002-2003. Technical communication company.
  • AP Engines, Maynard, MA, 2002.
  • WinWriters, Seattle, WA, 2001-2002.
  • Training clients include Nokia (Finland), Cherryleaf (UK), Hyperion Solutions (US), Kongsberg Simrad (Norway), IZUM (Slovenia), Telecom Italia (Italy), Digitext (UK), Hermes SoftLab (Slovenia).

SOLUTIONS, Inc., Principal, 1982-2001

Training Development and Management

  • Managed the development of an integrated curriculum of 55 courses for technical communicators that were taught worldwide. Topics included tools (Framemaker, RoboHelp), skills (editing, indexing, writing help, designing websites), and processes (project management, modular documentation).
  • Recruited and managed 25 industry experts who developed and presented the courses. Collaborated with them to determine content and structure of courses. Created standards for and edited all materials. Monitored evaluation metrics.
  • Developed custom training courses for clients, including Compaq, Hewlett Packard (US, Germany), ADP, Digital Equipment Corporation, Citibank, Oracle, Hermes SoftLab (Slovenia), and more.
  • Taught courses at conferences, as public sessions, onsite to clients, and through universities. Taught project planning, project management, technical writing, presentation skills, indexing, editing, usability, methodologies, and industry trends. As an instructor, consistently rated over 4.75 out of 5 for delivery and content.
  • Created and produced professional development conferences targeted to technical communicators, content developers, and managers. Events ranged from 15 to 450 attendees, with participants and speakers from around the world. Developed conference programs by researching emerging technologies, evaluating new tools, and studying industry trends.

Information Design and Development

  • Co-founder. Managed the consulting division, with up to 45 documentation professionals and project managers and up to 20 concurrent projects. Clients ranged from technology startups to Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, MasterCard, Citibank, NEC, Sony, UNUM, John Hancock, and more.
  • Edited a wide range of information products developed by project teams. Collaborated with authors to define the audience, objectives, structure, and content of the materials.
  • Developed information products from design through production, including user and reference guides, procedure manuals, quick references, job aids, Help systems, helpdesk materials, maintenance and operations manuals, training workbooks, instructor guides, tutorials, brochures, conference proceedings, style guides, marketing material, and more.
  • Developed the SOLUTIONS' corporate style guide, used on hundreds of consulting projects. Developed corporate style guides for over 25 consulting clients.
  • Created the award-winning Writer's Reference Card, a quick reference used by over 10,000 professional writers and non-writers at companies worldwide.
  • Defined a methodology for developing user-focused, modular information products. Based on user-centered analysis and design techniques, the methodology includes site visits, contextual inquiry. prototyping, extensive use of graphics, and usability testing.

Management and Consulting Experience

  • Worked with clients to analyze information product and training needs, then wrote winning proposals. Developed targeted solutions, including strategies, processes, tools, budgets, and staffing. Negotiated contracts and managed client relationships. Helped clients gain support and resources for implementation.
  • Hired staff, established schedules, supervised project teams, and tracked progress. Personally managed large and complex projects. Maintained a reputation for accurate estimating, on-time delivery, and high quality work.
  • Developed a series of seminars on project management: Planning Successful Projects; Estimating, Scheduling & Tracking Projects; Developing Information Plans; Managing the Publications Process. Delivered seminars as public sessions, onsite to clients, and through the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension.
  • Created marketing materials and formulated marketing strategies for various business ventures and products. Planned direct mail, email, and advertising campaigns.

University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, 1992-2000

Adjunct Faculty. Taught project management, writing, and indexing in the graduate certificate program on Managing the Development of Technical Information.