Coming Up: Agile IRL

On March 26, Heather Shelly will share some of the lessons she has learned as a technical writer moving from traditional software development into an Agile environment. Approximately 72% of organizations now develop software using an Agile methodology, and job postings list Agile skillsets and knowledge as “nice to have” or “required.” When you research Agile, there’s plenty information about Agile if you work in Development or Quality Assurance, but there’s not much about Agile IRL for technical communicators.

Join us to learn more about what to expect on your first Agile project, strategies for planning and tracking your work, and how to manage your workload and deadlines in an Agile environment.

Please register by the end of business, Wednesday, March 25.


Thursday, March 26, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.



Lawrence Technological University
A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, C406
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075


  • Students: free with ID
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of sister organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

About our speaker

Heather Shelly is an Information Developer at Siemens Digital Industries, where she writes software documentation for end users and system administrators. Before Siemens, Heather worked for more years than she cares to admit in the commercial hardware, commercial software, and oil and gas industries.

Heather’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Occupational Technology (in plain English that’s Instructional Design) and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing. Both degrees are from the University of Houston.

Register for This Program

Please register by the end of business, Wednesday, March 25.

Extended Reality and Tech Comm

Extended reality (XR) blends interactive digital elements into a realistic environment. As technical communicators, we’re accustomed to looking forward and determining how new technologies affect our audience. So, how do tech comm and XR coexist, and what does tech comm mean within the context of XR?

Join us on Tuesday, October 29, to learn more about how XR provides value in technical communication, learning, and design. In this program, we will discuss XR today, emerging XR trends, and what tech comm in XR looks like. Our presenters will discuss tools technical communicators use to create content for XR and learn how to stay informed about the latest aspects of XR-related technology.

Please register for this program by Friday, October 25. Continue reading “Extended Reality and Tech Comm”

Holiday Mixer: December 6 in Livonia

We hope to see you at our annual holiday mixer and networking meeting in Northville. Everyone is welcome; you do not have to be a member of STC-SM to join us.

When: Thursday, December 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille, just off the highway at
39715 6 Mile Rd
Northville, MI 48168
(734) 420-1400

We will meet in the bar area. As always, the conversation is free, but everyone is responsible for his or her own tab. Please let us know that you plan to attend so that we know how many seats to reserve.

STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentor’s Eyes

The STC-SM chapter launched a mentoring program during the 2017-2018 program year. The program is open to college students close to graduation and adults considering a career change.

After volunteering, I was matched with two mentees: a student at Eastern Michigan University and a professional in the Bay Area (California) who is switching careers. Here are some brief thoughts about my experience. Continue reading “STC-SM’s Mentoring Program Through a Mentor’s Eyes”

Recap: Networking Happy Hour in Livonia

On February 27, 2018,  STC-SM  held a networking event at Doc’s Sports Bar in Livonia, MI. Six of us gathered after work for snacks, beverages, and great conversation. Four were members of the STC-SM chapter and two were non-members. As a friendly reminder, STC-SM welcomes everyone at our events. Membership is not a requirement, so please join us anytime.

Relaxing after work at Doc’s Sports Bar in Livonia.

During our networking session, we discussed our different careers in technical communications, along with the paths we traveled to become technical communicators. We also discussed the evolving skillsets employers require in a technical communicator, and traded tips about staying current as our profession evolves. Additional topics included technical communications programs at universities (undergraduate and graduate levels) and interview techniques and portfolio building. We wrapped up the evening by talking about ideas for future STC-SM program meetings and services that the STC-SM chapter can provide for technical communicators in our area.

It was truly an enjoyable evening. By the time we left, I personally felt more connected to fellow technical communicators, and to our community at large.

Please check our upcoming events, and come on out. We would love to see you soon!