Home > Community > Blogs > Functional Verification > changing the quot f quot in rtfm to quot fantastic quot
Login with a Cadence account.
Not a member yet?
Create a permanent login account to make interactions with Cadence more convenient.

Register | Membership benefits
Get email delivery of the Functional Verification blog (individual posts).


* Required Fields

Recipients email * (separate multiple addresses with commas)

Your name *

Your email *

Message *

Contact Us

* Required Fields
First Name *

Last Name *

Email *

Company / Institution *

Comments: *

Changing The "F" in RTFM to "Fantastic"

Comments(0)Filed under: Functional Verification, IES, Kit, IES-XL, Tech Pubs, Incisive

Talk about unsung -- tech writers just don't get the credit they deserve.  They sit between R&D, customers, and support trying to capture the capabilities and intent of the software and present it accurately and succintly.  They record the "tribal knowledge" of the team so that new and existing users can function at their best, but then they hear that no one has read the f****** manual.

Well one of our tech writers sought to change that and to do so not just for Cadence, but to influence her fellow writers across the industry.  Faced with tens of thousands of pages of documentation organized by the whims of marketing, her team was burdened with a huge management task complete with redundantant information and huge monolithinc manuals. Claudia Landell led a team inside Cadence verification R&D to find better ways to organize the information, to create consistancy across multiple teams, and to ulitmately make the Cadence verification documentation easier to maintain, read, navigate, and search. She tested those ideas with you, our customers, to validate the improvements the team was making.

For sure this was a team effort, but Claudia led the way. You can read more about this work (since this is, after all, a blog on documentation :-) ) in Claudia's article published in the Center for Information-Development Management's January newsletter. While documentation improvements are a work in progress, our customers are enjoying the fruits of this labor today with our current Incisive Enterprise Solutions.

One of the big tasks for the genIES is to find opportunities to improve usability and enhance your productivity wherever we can.  Claudia and the whole Incisive tech writing team have started by changing the "F" in RTFM to "fantastic". If you have usability and productivity suggestions, make those via Cadence support or by emailing your genIES@cadence.com team.

=Team genIES



Leave a Comment

E-mail (will not be published)
 I have read and agree to the Terms of use and Community Guidelines.
Community Guidelines
The Cadence Design Communities support Cadence users and technologists interacting to exchange ideas, news, technical information, and best practices to solve problems and get the most from Cadence technology. The community is open to everyone, and to provide the most value, we require participants to follow our Community Guidelines that facilitate a quality exchange of ideas and information. By accessing, contributing, using or downloading any materials from the site, you agree to be bound by the full Community Guidelines.