Vicki Brown

I am a senior information technologist — programmer, writer, editor, web weaver, and trainer — with a passion for process and quality. I excel at problem analysis and documentation, solution design and specification, wiki architecture, technical editing, critical reading, and strategy.

I have a rather eclectic resume, the result of an eclectic career that has ranged from software development (Perl, shell, C) to system administration (Unix and Mac), from technical writing and editing to web development, from project management to wiki support and training.

My current interests lie in Information Architecture and Management. I am particularly interested in collaborative solutions and in finding ways to improve and facilitate internal communication. I believe that good communication is critical to a company's well-being. I'm at my best when I'm working for people who say "I need..." or "I want..." or "It would be great if we had...".

I Am a Programmer

I took my first programming course in 1976. My Masters thesis, a statistical analysis of the effect of sewage contamination on marine bacteria, included programs written in awk and sed (which were later converted to FORTRAN!). The published paper includes the dendograms I created using SunCORE graphics on an early Sun workstation.

I have been programming professionally since 1984. I excel at problem solving and strategy, process creation and improvement, mechanization, and automation. My specialty is data flow programming and the creation of specialized data filters and tools. My languages of choice are higher-level interpreted languages such as Perl. My preferred programming application is data manipulation or internal support tools.

I Am a Web Developer

I have been working on the WWW since 1995. I can develop or enhance your Intranet site. I can help you to set up a blog or navigate Social Media. I can recommend, install, and set up an Enterprise-quality content management and collaboration system in a wiki.

I Am a Writer

Although much of my career has been in software development, I'm as good (sometimes better) at writing text as code. I excel at creating new docs, proofreading and reviewing existing docs, editing, and revising.

My specialty is internal technical documentation where my experience in software development can come into play. I enjoy working on process documentation, design specifications, architectural overviews, how-tos, and tutorials. If I'm building you a wiki, you'll get my services as a content developer as well.

I Am a Consultant

My job is to provide what you and your team need to do your work effectively and efficiently. To that end, I will build (or recommend) the best tool set I can. I focus on ease of use, maintainability, scalability, and organization. If I am building you a wiki, I also focus on searchability and navigation.

My work history is largely in support roles. I have 30 years of experience as an internal tools programmer, technical writer, or web developer. For much of my career, I have been embedded in corporate teams. My daily work has involved interacting with people who need my services. I understand how to give team members what they need to do their jobs. I have years of feedback telling me that I do my job very well.

I like to help

I apply my experience in software engineering and web technology with my skills at problem solving, technical writing, and training, to enhance productivity through improvements in communication. I facilitate the process. I help other people communicate.

I excel at extracting information from the minds of knowledge experts. I ask questions, teasing out information, and turning what I learn into written words. I probe. I find the missing pieces.

How can I help you?


My hobbies include include reading, writing, social media, tinkering with web pages, and increasing my understanding of Psychological Type and its effect on commuication.

You can learn more about me from my LinkedIn profile and my weblog entries.