Venue Change for Agile IRL on March 26

Due to the evolving coronavirus situation, we will be holding our Agile IRL program on Zoom on March 26. See Coming Up: Agile IRL for more information about the program and our speaker.

When

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Please register by Wednesday, March 25, so we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

Cost

  • Students: free
  • 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)

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.

When

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7–8:30 p.m.

Where

Zoom

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

Cost

  • 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.

STC Body of Knowledge: Know Your STC Resources

The STC Body of Knowledge (BOK) is a developing tool for the field of technical communication and stands to become part of our professional identity. In this presentation, Dr. Pam Estes Brewer shares some BOK basics: why it’s important, how to use it for work and studying for certification, and how to contribute to its development.

When

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7-8:30 p.m. EST

Please register by Monday, February 17, so we have time to send you the login information prior to the event.

Where

Zoom

About Our Speaker

Dr. Pam Estes Brewer

Dr. Pam Estes Brewer teaches in the Department of Technical Communication at Mercer University and directs the online MS in Technical Communication Management. She is a Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication and a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society. She has published one book, International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, and is working as second author on the second edition of A Research Primer for Technical Communication. She is an Associate Editor for Transactions on Professional Communication and an editor for the new IEEE training series English for Engineers. Contact her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamestesbrewer/ or brewer_pe@mercer.edu.

Upcoming Program: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design

STC-SM and the Northeastern Ohio STC Chapter are hosting a joint webinar on January 21!

Join us on Tuesday, January 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. for the exciting webinar What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design! During this event, speaker Jamye Sagan will take us on a magical journey to discuss prominent professors in the famous Harry Potter series and the lessons we can learn from them to improve our instructional design techniques and technical communication skills. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: What Harry Potter Professors Can Teach Us About Instructional Design”

Upcoming Program: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work

On November 14, Jason Withrow will explore the accessibility concerns and pitfalls most relevant to technical communicators. The standards to follow when evaluating accessibility, as well as the tools that are commonly used, will also be discussed. Recent legal developments regarding accessibility in the United States will also be examined.

Please register by the end of business, Wednesday, November 13. Continue reading “Upcoming Program: Accessibility: Expanding the Reach of Your Technical Communication Work”

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”

Join Us at Our Virtual Open House September 17

Fall is quickly approaching—it’s the time of year for introspection, reflection, and growth, as we evaluate what we have accomplished over the year and what we hope to achieve in the next.

If you’re considering ways to develop professionally as a technical communicator, or if you want to meet other technical communicators in Southeastern Michigan, please join STC-SM for our virtual open house on Tuesday, September 17, from 7–8:30 PM EST. You will learn more about STC and STC-SM, meet our council members, and hear about the different ways you can grow personally and professionally through our upcoming networking events and programs. Continue reading “Join Us at Our Virtual Open House September 17”

May 22: The Power of Single-Sourcing in Ann Arbor

Every day, technical communications professionals are faced with maintaining their current productivity in the face of increasing product complexity, increasing number of languages, increasing volume of documentation, increasing product overlap and shorter product life cycles.

No matter how large or small, how new or how old your company is, or what technology or service your company provides, these challenges must be met without the luxury of expanded resources. Continue reading “May 22: The Power of Single-Sourcing in Ann Arbor”

NEO STC Presents the Fourth Industrial Revolution on April 11

Our friends in northeast Ohio have invited Peter “Scotch” Scocimara, Senior Director, Cloud Support, Google Cloud, to speak on April 11, 2019, about The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Preparing for an A.I. World. Fittingly, this event  will be held through Gotomeeting. For more information and to register, go to the EventBrite listing.

Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose

We all need passion and purpose in life, whether we’re going for a degree, getting started with a career, or working as an experienced technical writer. In this program, Dave Robbins pulls from his decades of experience in the field to share career insights focused on putting users first. He’ll provide examples of documentation and user help, and you’ll gain some helpful perspectives about technical writing.

Please register by Monday, March 11. Continue reading “Upcoming Program March 12: Technical Writing: Passion and Purpose”