My original domain was not complicated. It was going to be a simple WordPress website. One place to house everything. Then everything changed. I decided I needed a place to write tutorials, another to work on a hand coded site and a third area to explore other hand coding adventures. The result is a complex set of interconnected websites as diagrammed to the left.Why diagram a website? I chose to diagram this one because of it’s complex nature and the fact that it morphed from… Continue reading
Please keep in mind this was one of many drafts I did for the process but it serves well to show the level of detail I put into my writing. It is now an old procedure and has no HIPPA violations as Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse House and Acme are NOT real but were used frequently as test records in the database system. Please also note that DS3 is no longer used by the State of Alaska as well. Yes, it is very long (80… Continue reading
Unofficial Titles Does your workplace have a fun faux-policy of giving unofficial titles. Yeah, we all have “job titles” but I’m talking the fun ones. My Personality Needs to Show I have decided I am tired of the generic boring resumes and after looking at my skills and experience 60+ times and refining my resume more than that I am going to go more creative with the document.
I plan to edit and add to this XML resume in the coming days and weeks, for now this is a nice skeleton hand developed and coded. <?xml version=”1.0 encoding=”UTF-8″ ? > <resume> <name>Sue Darby</name> <phone>907-707-5654</phone> <email>[email protected]</email> <website>www.sue-a-darby.com</website> <website>www.linkedin.com/in/suedarby</website> <title>Technical Writer, software Documentation, Software Support</title> <summary>Sue is a master of software applications both old and new. She enjoys both learning new applications and teaching other how to use those applications via written and illustrated tutorials documentation and chat.</summary> <skills> <skill>XML, JSON, HTML, CSS</skill> <skill>Microsoft Office,… Continue reading
At the start of my time with the State of Alaska I was a Administrative Clerk. As a clerk I was placed in charge of archiving old files to make space for current files. This was a monumental task that had not been tackled in several years so there were 20+ boxes to start with. Based on the Archive Guidelines I developed a simplified chart to help me sort the files. In the process of doing this it became known that no matter how many… Continue reading
One of my favorite tools is planners. I haven’t found a commercial one I really like and so using my Word formatting skills I tend to create my own to suit my own styles and needs. The below document is a small selection of the ones I’ve designed over the years and use frequently. Most are loosely based on the GTD system and allow me the freedom to write what I need to where I need to and then translate that information into my Toodledo and TaskUnifier systems which… Continue reading
Published books, articles and patterns. Pattern Drafting for Miniatures ~ Library of Congress Copy Right Pattern Making for Dolls International Doll Magazine Oct/Nov 05 Issue 89 1st place Alaska State Fair Jan/Feb 05 Issue 86 Dec05/Jan06 Issue 90 Apr/May 05 Issue 87 Dec 04 Issue 85 Aug/Sep 05 Issue 88 Additionally, I also have 100 other patterns on www.suestinycostumes.com. I have been writing pattern instructions since 1996.
Some of these are MindMaps and others are UMLs. I discovered Mind Maps first and then was trained at work for creating UML or Universal Modeling Language “mind maps”. I LOVE creating both and this is only a very tiny portion of the mind maps and UMLs I’ve done! <dl class=’gallery-item’> <dt class=’gallery-icon portrait’> <a data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default” data-elementor-lightbox-slideshow=”1c99eb9″ href=’http://www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/umls/sample-Recertificaiton-Process.jpg’><img width=”556″ height=”860″ src=”http://www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/umls/sample-Recertificaiton-Process.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i1.wp.com/www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/umls/sample-Recertificaiton-Process.jpg?w=556 556w, https://i1.wp.com/www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/umls/sample-Recertificaiton-Process.jpg?resize=97%2C150 97w, https://i1.wp.com/www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/umls/sample-Recertificaiton-Process.jpg?resize=194%2C300 194w” sizes=”(max-width: 556px) 100vw, 556px” /></a> </dt></dl><dl class=’gallery-item’> <dt class=’gallery-icon portrait’> <a data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default” data-elementor-lightbox-slideshow=”1c99eb9″ href=’http://www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Compliance-Overview.jpg’><img width=”755″ height=”876″ src=”http://www.sue-a-darby.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Compliance-Overview.jpg”… Continue reading
The checklist started as a reviewer’s tool to help track all the basic items needed for an application. From a general Word document to a manual show and hide system in Excel to the automated system developed in 2014 by a colleague. When he retired a year later I was tasked with the continual update of the tool. I have made multiple changes to the vb.net code behind the check boxes and also used it as inspiration for other tools. It is used on a daily basis… Continue reading
This mass mail merge tool was developed for the Remediation process for Compliance. A few rules for use: It will ONLY (currently) work from a user’s desktop and it has to have the code modified to include said user’s id The macro code is commented to include what to leave alone and what can be modified or has to be modified. These instructions were originally written for the Remediation process but can be used for any send or BCC address and any user. The PDF… Continue reading
In 2011 my employer lost a legal case based on a simple reason: the documents were not date stamped. I remembered a couple years before dropping off paperwork and the office had a machine that my packet had gone on to, zipped through and out of curiosity I asked the clerk what the machine was. It was a date stamper, so I suggested we procure the same type of machine. Since it was my idea management agreed happily and asked me to do the research… Continue reading
In the spring of 2017 I was asked to take on extra duties to support the compliance side of the unit more and the first thing I was tasked with was combining a cumbersome set of tools into something more cohesive and easier to manage. Being an Excel fan when it comes to multiple tools in one file I setup a checklist based on the Certification Checklist with show and hide functions for questions that are met or not met in the compliance realm. A… Continue reading
Created an interim data tracking system using SharePoint to measure the time frames for processing applications. The in-house database did not have this function. I trained co-workers in use of various views and troubleshoot system as necessary as site admin. Team efficacy improvement 74%. System is used for generating reports on where applications and changes are in the processes. This system is being used as inspiration and a guide for building new reports within the Harmony System.
The State has several types of providers who were previously “invisible” to management statistically. We knew they exist but really did not know exactly who they were or where the clients were. Frequently, the clients served were placed in a wrong environment and all sorts of havoc would happen when something went wrong. My supervisor was agonizing over the issue one afternoon and I could hear her snarling to herself in her office across from me. After a while of listening I decided to take… Continue reading
I discovered that a public search tool was broken due to recent regulation changes and database updates. It is a crucial tool for clients to use to find providers of services and our providers use to market or find other providers to help clients as well.I was tasked with building the requirements document to fix the issue and improve the results generated as I understood what the providers, Quality Assurance, Provider Certification and the clients all needed and could explain it to the IT folks… Continue reading
The State of Alaska or any government is really inefficient at saving money. At the start of my state service one of the first things I had to do was a Records Request for the Department of Law. This included gathering a decade of hard copy file folders and manually copying every page in each folder. While busily monitoring the copier since it broke frequently and ensuring that nothing was double sided and thus would have to be copied and inserted separately, I started thinking… Continue reading
When we had a change of regulations in 2013, that prompted a big change in our database, which in turn broke a few things including a web based interactive search tool. This was the business document I was asked to develop upon my discovery of the broken tool. It not only fixed the issue, it added some improved functionality that the division had wanted for a couple years. Update: The changes to the Provider Search Tool are complete and can be seen live on the Senior… Continue reading