The first line sort of just came to me spontaneously in a bit of office banter, so I felt I had to do some more!

Let me know if you like it. Maybe I could be persuaded to actually record it! : D

(to be sung to the tune of ‘I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General’, from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”).

Here’s the original with music and lyrics so you can (try to) sing along. (Note – not my video, so I can’t fix that typo in the introduction where it says ‘Major Genreal’s song’):

I am the content model of a modern Major Enterprise
I feed my architecture with all of the docs I analyse
Strategical, and managed and my audit trail’s historical
From R&D to user gen’d I’ve tagging categorical

I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters taxonomical
I understand equations, both MathML and graphical
Re: Darwin Information I am teeming with a lot o’ news
(Newsfeeds? Maybe a little RSS?)
With many cheerful facts about best practices that you should use

With many cheerful facts about best practices that you should use
With many cheerful facts about best practices that you should use
With many cheerful facts about best practices that you should you should use!

I’m very good at translation and all my terms are consistent
And I know their costs are worthy of some very careful management
In short, in matters budgetary, I aim to reduce their size
I am the content model of a modern Major Enterprise

In short, in matters budgetary, he aims to reduce their size
He is the content model of a modern Major Enterprise!

I know our mythic history, Info Mapped SGML
I answer fiscal problems with processes that are rational
I cite case studies showing its a crime to be too product-led
It’s people and their processes that move all good projects ahead
I assert there’s a place for structure in just about all documents
Structure can mean XML or just workflows that make some sense!
The hard part’s knowing how much, when and what it is all destined for
To have a CM system(1) that can do you had hoped before!

To have a CM system that can do you had hoped before!
To have a CM system that can do you had hoped before!
To have a CM system that can do you had hoped before before!

Oh, I can write a tidy topic up in minimalist uniform
And tell you ev’ry detail that’s conditional or off the norm
In short, in matters budgetary, I aim to reduce their size
I am the content model of a modern Major Enterprise!

In short, in matters budgetary, he aims to reduce their size He is the content model of a modern Major Enterprise!

In fact, when I know what is meant by “formattin'” v “stylin'”
When I can tell at sight a user manual from some scribblin’ and spearhead project issues and surprising user feedback that tells you your user guides are best made outside a HAT(2)
Because I’ve learnt methods for better content lifecycle I balance needs more daunting than a hippo on a bicycle In short, with my tactics laid out all in a Content Strategy, (oh, hmmm… that’s a hard one… Strategy…”)
You’ll say that other Major-Enterprises’ look like agony!

You’ll say that other Major-Enterprises’ look like agony!
You’ll say that other Major-Enterprises’ look like agony!
You’ll say that other Major-Enterprises’ look like agon-agony!

With all my ROI calcs(3), you will find that you are lucky
I’ve led the cutting edge since the beginning of this century
And still, in matters budgetary, I aim to reduce their size
I am the content model of a modern Major Enterprise.

In short, in matters budgetary, he aims to reduce their size
He is the content model of a modern Major Enterprise!

In short, in matters budgetary, he aims to reduce their size
He is the content model of a modern Major Enterprise!

(1) CM system = Content Management System

(2) HAT = Help Authoring Tool. See also http://hat-matrix.com/

(3) ROI calcs = Return on Investment calculations

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