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Best Practices for Implementing a Knowledge Base

Sr. Technical Writer Clint Rodenfels demonstrates actionable tips on how you can avoid common roll-out mistakes while implementing a Knowledge Management platform so you can get to production faster. You'll learn how to:

• Scope out time and costs for implementing a KM platform
• Gather and standardize existing documentation
• Fill in gaps you may not have considered
• Get it right the first time
Recorded Jul 28 2021 54 mins
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