My colleague and I managed a team of 5 to 7 writers, using Agile processes to successfully overhaul a Help system for complex genetic sequencing software in just over six months. The approach uses 3 weekly sprints that gets each writer 1) analyzing and identifying gaps in existing content 2) writing and updating content, and then 3) peer editing and revising content. The sprints overlap so that every week each writer is actively writing, peer reviewing and editing content.
Facing deadlines for frequent quarterly releases, we used Excel spreadsheets and OneNote notebooks to record meeting notes, topic TOCs and assignments, rather than a more administrative intensive ticket-based system (such as JIRA). Writers, whose skill levels ranged from junior to senior, learned how to use the software through hour-long question-and-answer group sessions with SMEs.
Attend this session to learn how an agile writing process can help boost collaboration and increase comradeship amongst information developers; decrease the time spent with subject matter experts, and optimize content development
Welcome to a new year!
We hope everyone had a safe and new year! (If you’ve caught yourself still writing “2018” on your checks—don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Give it a month.)
As you may recall, last month the East Bay chapter partnered with Silicon Valley, Berkeley, and San Francisco to float an idea to all of you: merging the four chapters into STC NorCal. We asked for your input, and you responded brilliantly – thanks to all who contributed.
The response was overwhelmingly positive: 88% of all respondents supported the plan as written (of these, 62% indicated strong support), and offered a variety of reasons and suggestions for their approval. Some folks had very reasonable concerns regarding responsible budgeting and content archiving, to name a few. The chapter leadership will work to address these points going forward.
That said, it’s January, and here’s an outline of what you can expect for the rest of the year!
This annual event features a catered buffet dinner, great companionship with fellow communicators, and valuable door prizes.
See the entries, congratulate the winners!
At the dinner, we will display the winning entries throughout the evening. See examples of technical communication exhibit the best in our profession.
We will announce the Northern California Technical Communication Touchstone Competition winners at the dinner.
Help us recognize the technical communicators who submitted entries and the competition judges and Berkeley chapter volunteers for their work supporting the competition.
Network and have fun
This party is an annual favorite — casual and festive. Come have fun while keeping up with the best work of your peers.
Every attendee is entered into our yearly raffle, which once again will feature valuable raffle items offered through the generosity and support from the leading vendors in our professional community.
We at STC East Bay are considering a motion that would significantly change how the chapter functions in 2019 and onward. In theory, it would provide more content to you on a more predictable schedule, better access to talent and knowledge from our other chapters in the Bay Area, and greater flexibility for us–and you–when it comes to planning events.
What’s the big idea?
The idea is to merge the East Bay, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley chapters into one mega-chapter, tentatively called STC Northern California (or STC NorCal).
Why make the change?
Happy Holidays! Come to our year-end meeting, our annual holiday party. The chapter will buy your dinner and any non-alcoholic drinks for free. Come and socialize with other members and friends during this casual holiday party.
We have three traditions for our holiday party:
- Share your creativity
- Win a mystery gift
- Have fun
The chapter will buy your dinner and any non-alcoholic drinks! As with all STC East Bay events, you do not need to be a member to participate in the events. (The chapter will still buy your dinner.)
All you have to do is send us an email to RSVP and let us know you’re coming.