February 11, 2019: Adopting an Agile Content Development Process

Recording can be found at this NorCal STC Facebook post. The quality is a bit choppy for some segments, so please be patient. Slides (in PDF format) can be found here.

For our first regular meeting of 2019, we’re thrilled to welcome Debra Brinson!

Debra will share a success story of a small team 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 overlap, so that every week each writer is actively writing, peer-reviewing, and editing content. Attend this session to learn how an Agile writing process can help boost collaboration among information developers; decrease the time spent with SMEs; and optimize content development. Debra will explain her process and describe the outcomes, including compelling reasons for working as a team to create component-based content that delights both customers and internal users.

We are streaming this meeting! Join us virtually via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/norcalstc/, or watch the recording afterwards. We’ll link it in this post.

About Debra Brinson

Debra Brinson has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Journalism from New York University. She has worked in the Bay Area as a technical writer for over 20 years, a second profession that she transitioned to after spending five years working as a journalist. This profession continues to pique her interest because it provides opportunities to learn every day, and constantly entices her to climb out of a comfort zone and continually grow.

Most recently, Debra has become integrated into a team of dedicated technical communication colleagues in the field of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology.

Date: Monday, February 11, 2019
Networking/social time: 6:00-7:00pm
Presentation time: 7:00-8:00pm+
Location: IHOP Restaurant, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Cost: Free
Note: You don’t have to be an official STC member to attend the meetings.

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