Christchurch Branch Event - Task Models, Diggers, and Dayton, Ohio

Being involved with keen, easily excitable user experience colleagues inspired Maree Horlor of Trimble NZ to learn about task models as a way to find out more about her audience. The chance to work with a small and diverse group of installers, writers, UX designers, kitting and IT specialists to discuss end-to-end documentation was too good to turn down, so she grabbed her teaching skills and passport and headed off to Dayton, Ohio.

Maree will talk about the very successful and fun 3-day process they used to define their user’s workflow, learn how to use personas, obtain some base-line metrics, and lay the groundwork for next generation user assistance. There will also be pictures of some very big diggers!

Where and when

Streamliners, 44 Braddon Street, Addington map

Tuesday 2 February. 5:30 pm networking. Meeting from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.


The cost includes nibbles and drinks.

People who register via the website:

  • Members $11.50 incl GST.
  • Non-members $17.25 incl GST
  • Student members free of charge.

People who pay at the door:

  • Members 15.00 incl GST
  • Non-members $20.00 incl GST
  • Student members free of charge.

Note: Members = members of TechCommNZ and affiliated organisations: NZATD, TWIA, PRINZ.

About the speaker

Maree Horlor is a technical writer with Trimble NZ, currently writing manuals and online help for GPS software on diggers and 'dozers working on open cast mines. She came into writing after teaching Physics and Chemistry in Wanaka for 20 years, and loves helping users solve problems and complete tasks. With a background in Adventure Based Learning, she has a commitment to encouraging her colleagues to communicate well, interact, take small risks, and actively think about how they can improve.

Outside work she is training to cycle along the Loire valley with some very fit friends. Any training tips accepted!

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