Program Recap: Agile IRL

Agile is a set of methods and practices conceived in 2001 by 17 software developers who craved a radically different approach to the way teams developed software. In her virtual presentation on March 26, Heather Shelley provided an introduction to and a brief history of Agile, and used examples from her extensive experience to show how Agile was designed to work and how it actually works in real life (IRL). Continue reading “Program Recap: Agile IRL”

Book Club Votes Are In!

For our next STC-SM virtual book club, we will be reading Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss.

Truss is an ardent grammarian, and her book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, is all about how vital accurate grammar and punctuation are to our understanding of information. Her philosophy is replete with comical examples, so even if you don’t find yourself a strict grammarian, you might get a laugh out of those who do…and if you are disturbed that the Oxford (serial) comma is missing from the title, you are not alone. This book is sure to spark off much debate!

You can purchase this book online wherever books are sold.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the vote. We look forward to reading this book alongside you (virtually) over the next couple months.

Our discussion will take place on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in our Slack book_club channel. We’ll post registration details closer to the date of the event.

Happy reading!

Virtual Coffee Meetup on April 15

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, April 15, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meetup on April 15”

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.

Virtual Coffee Meetup on March 13

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting on Friday, March 13, from 12-1 p.m. EST. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-SM members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Virtual Coffee Meetup on March 13”

The 2020 STC Election is Open

The 2020 Society for Technical Communication (STC) election is now open and runs through March 9 at 5:00 PM ET. This is your opportunity to select the future leaders of the STC!

You can see the election slate and learn more about the candidates here: https://www.stc.org/wiki/elections/2020-election-slate/

Check your inbox and cast your vote today!

If you joined the STC or renewed your STC membership before January 31, 2020, you are eligible to vote and should have received an email from the STC with a link and instructions to cast your ballot.

If you are an eligible STC member and did not receive voting instructions, please email stc@stc.org.

Program Recap: The STC Technical Communication Body of Knowledge

On Tuesday, February 18, STC-SM hosted a webinar with Dr. Pam Estes Brewer of Mercer University. Dr. Brewer provided an overview of the STC Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK), which was first presented to the STC in May 2009.

Dr. Brewer, who was chair of the TCBOK committee in 2019, began her presentation by pointing out that other fields, such as engineering, medicine, and law all have bodies of knowledge, which describe and share their standards, processes, and knowledge. This helped to build credibility in these professions over time. They also have external certifications, just as STC offers technical communication certification along with emphasizing academic programs. Having both academic programs and a body of knowledge allows for synergy between business and academia as both work together to further the practice of technical communication. Continue reading “Program Recap: The STC Technical Communication Body of Knowledge”

The Next Virtual Book Club is Coming Up in May!

Our next virtual book club discussion will take place on Thursday, May 21. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more (and learn more in the process), this is a perfect opportunity for you!

For our book clubs, we choose books that are written by esteemed thinkers in the fields of writing, design, and communication. We take concepts covered in the book, discuss and analyze them, and then identify connections between the content and our own experiences. This is a great opportunity to learn something new about our profession, but also to discuss it with other professionals in the tech comm community. Continue reading “The Next Virtual Book Club is Coming Up in May!”