Scott Helmers
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Visio enthusiast, teacher, and MVP. Co-inventor of TaskMap: process mapping for the rest of us. Avid cyclist. Father of two daughters.

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My latest book for Microsoft Press is "Visio 2016 Step by Step", which joins "Visio 2013 Step by Step" and "Visio 2010 Step by Step" in bookstores everywhere. I also contributed a chapter on Visio and Visio Services to "Business Intelligence in Microsoft® SharePoint® 2013" (Microsoft Press). Details are available at www.VisioStepByStep.com.

I've been using Visio daily for more than 15 years, starting when the small consulting firm for which I work developed a process mapping add-in for Visio (see below). I continue to be fascinated by the enormous power and sophistication of Visio -- and by the sheer fun of getting it to do useful and interesting things.

I have worked extensively with Visio as a user -- constructing diagrams using stock stencils and the normal user interface -- but I have also done a considerable amount behind the scenes: modifying ShapeSheets to change shape behavior, designing shapes, and programming in VBA.

Every year since 2008 Microsoft has recognized my Visio expertise by naming me a Visio MVP -- one of approximately a dozen in the world: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Scott%20A%20Helmers-4020447 

I also have a heavy background in data communications, networking and Internet technologies, including teaching university seminars on those subjects. I have considerable user experience with all flavors of Windows though no formal training on any of the versions. I dabble in VBScript when required.

I am the co-inventor and lead architect of TaskMap (http://www.taskmap.com) -- process mapping software for the rest of us!

Feel free to contact me at
   scott at VisioStepByStep.com

I am available for freelance Visio and Microsoft Office custom development, programming and training.

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