New book: Microsoft Visio 2016 Step by Step

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Visio 2016 Step by Step (ISBN 9780735697805), by Scott A. Helmers.

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The quick way to learn Microsoft Visio 2016!

This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Visio 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers—brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step.

  • Get results faster with starter diagrams
  • Diagram processes, organizations, networks, and datacenters
  • Add styles, colors, and themes
  • Enhance diagrams with data-driven visualizations
  • Link to external data sources, websites, and documents
  • Add structure to diagrams with containers, lists, and callouts
  • Validate flowchart, swimlane, and BPMN diagrams
  • Collaborate and publish with Visio Services and Microsoft SharePoint 2016
  • Look up just the tasks and lessons you need

About the author

Scott A. Helmers is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Visio and is the primary Visio expert at He has helped companies create custom Visio add-ins to enhance organizational efficiency and employee productivity, and has taught thousands of people how to use technology more effectively.

He is Vice President of Product Planning and Support at the Harvard Computing Group, a software and consulting firm that helps clients understand and implement business process solutions. Scott is a co-inventor of TaskMap (, a Visio add-in that anyone can use to document and improve all of the important aspects of any business process.

Scott has worked with clients in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Ireland, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Canada, and the United States on projects involving knowledge management, specification of new IT systems, process mapping and redesign, and technology training. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor at both Northeastern University and Boston University.

Scott is the author of three previous books: Microsoft Visio 2013 Step by Step (Microsoft Press, 2013), Microsoft Visio 2010 Step by Step (Microsoft Press, 2011), and Data Communications: A Beginner's Guide to Concepts and Technology (Prentice-Hall, 1989). He also contributed Chapter 9, "Visio and Visio Services," to Business Intelligence in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 by Norm Warren, Mariano Neto, Stacia Misner, Ivan Sanders, and Scott Helmers (Microsoft Press, 2013). Information about Scott's books is available at

When not working or spending time with his family in Andover, Massachusetts, Scott can usually be found on his bicycle or working with a local community theater company.

Comments (4)
  1. Kathy Winsted says:

    Congratulations, Scott!

  2. Kelly S. Reed says:

    Scott, Congratulations!!! You've been busy. I hope you had a wonderful time in India, and didn't work too hard. I missed seeing you here. Best, Kel

  3. Ronald A. Smith says:

    Hi Scott…..I'm impressed by all of your accomplishments.   Just remember to brush your teeth every day, and take your toothbrush with you when you travel all over the World.

  4. Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom says:

    My last fling through LinkedIn has turned up your current success on which I congratulate you. Old emails are extinct. Nordstrom61 AT gmail will find me. At 90, I decided it is time I delete my account from LinkedIn but haven't figured out how to do that yet. I'd like to be able to save and file my contacts first. I wrote the last two '46 Class Notes for the Middlebury Magazine but then seeing Everett decline realized I needed time off. Wee Memorial website.

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