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May 15, 2017: Kaizen You! (Or: Continuous Learning and Empathy-Building for You and Your Team)

How do you stay on the cutting edge with tools and trends in not just your field, but those of your colleagues? How do you inspire your team to do the same? How do you grow empathy for your other … Continue reading

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April 17, 2017: Continuous Delivery Is Not Just For Software

Continuous delivery (CD) and application release automation (ARA) are usually associated with software. These methodologies can be extended to other parts of your business, such as technical documentation. The output of a build/deploy/test/release software process and a build/publish tech doc … Continue reading

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March 20, 2017: Leveraging Structured Authoring / DITA Techniques When All You Have are Unstructured Tools

You’ve heard the buzz about structured authoring and DITA: how great it is for efficient content reuse, how it enforces consistency, how it guides our writing for topic-based presentation… But what if there’s no budget for new tools, no time … Continue reading

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Join the TC Camp Unconference – Santa Clara

Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2017 is TC Camp, a FREE Tech Comm unconference in Santa Clara, CA. It’s called an unconference because attendees propose and vote on topics they would like to discuss and learn about. The 2-hour morning workshops are … Continue reading

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January 23, 2017: Modern Technical Writing

In Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation (an ebook available on Kindle), Andrew Etter argues for a model of technical writing that involves lightweight markup languages (like AsciiDoc and Markdown), static site generators (such as Sphinx), distributed version … Continue reading

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February 13, 2017 – Advance Your Career Through Self-Publishing

Writing a book gives you an opportunity to provide tangible value. It can establish your brand and increase your professional standing. Information professionals are uniquely positioned to take advantage of self-publishing because we already know how to transform source material … Continue reading

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December 19, 2016: Holiday Schmooze at Stein’s Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View

During December, we always have a holiday schmooze where we get together over dinner and socialize. During the holiday schmooze, there isn’t a specific presenter, nor a set agenda. Instead, you can kick back and nibble away at Stein’s truffle … Continue reading

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November 14, 2016: Open Authoring — Content Collaboration Across Disciplines

Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen here: You can also download the MP3 file. The slides are here: Open Authoring: Content Collaboration Across Disciplines with Ralph Squillace from Information Development World Event Description At Microsoft, we … Continue reading

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October 17, 2016: Saving your sanity through better client relations

Event Recording If you missed the meeting, you can watch the event here: You can listen to the event here: Event Description Is work craziness creeping over into the rest of your life? You’re not alone. Having the confidence to … Continue reading

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Sep 19, 2016: How can technical writers thrive in agile environments?

Audio recording If you missed the meeting, you can listen to the event here: Event description Most engineers in IT departments follow an agile scrum process: they track issues in sprints, assign and scope story points, meet daily to provide … Continue reading

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August 15: Hunting for Dev Doc Work around the Bay

The job market for developer documentation in Silicon Valley is the hottest in the country. But developer documentation jobs can be tricky to get, and also difficult to excel in, especially if you lack an engineering background. Despite the difficulties, … Continue reading

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July 18, 2016: Social at Sam’s BBQ

Our next meeting will be a social dinner at Sam’s BBQ. The chapter will buy your dinner and any non-alcoholic drinks for free! Come and socialize with other members and friends during a casual BBQ dinner. Event Details Date: July … Continue reading

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May 23, 2016: Writing tech docs like a hacker with Jekyll

Static site generators are a new breed of documentation tools that are much more common in engineering groups where developers contribute to the documentation. Jekyll is one of the most popular static site generators, but it is highly similar to … Continue reading

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June 20, 2016: Let’s Tell a Story – Scenario-Based Documentation

To new users, complex software products can seem like dark woods on a stormy day. As tech writers, we often spend a lot of time talking about the overall shape of the forest and the variety of paths within it … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 24 Noon Webinar: Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content

Joe Welinske will present a webinar to our chapter on the topic of “Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content.” The webinar will be held at noon on Thursday, March 24. This webinar does not replace our monthly chapter meeting but … Continue reading

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