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!”

World IA Day is February 22

What is World IA Day?

World IA Day was created to celebrate Information Architecture (IA) and to empower local leaders to keep growing and sharing ideas within their communities. The focus of the 2020 celebration is “The IA Element,” which highlights IA as the element that ties different ideas, developers, and end users together. Visit the World IA Day website to see a list of World IA Day events happening all over the country and around the globe! Continue reading “World IA Day is February 22”

STC Rochester Presents Spectrum 2020 Technical Communication Conference

Make plans now to attend STC Rochester’s 61st annual Spectrum Technical Communication conference, March 21-23, 2020, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This year’s theme is The Expanding Spectrum of Technical Communication and will focus on the exciting and challenging scope of work we do now as technical communicators.

The keynote speaker is Louisiana Tech University professor Kirk St. Amant, whose talk, Dynamics of Cognition, Usability, and Design, will examine the psychology of usability in different design contexts. St. Amant is a familiar face to STC members as a popular speaker at the STC Summit and for his contributions to STC’s journal Technical Communication and to Intercom magazine. A complete schedule of presentations, workshops, and directions to the Rochester Institute of Technology can be found on the STC Rochester Chapter website.

In addition to the presentations and workshops, Spectrum is a great opportunity to network with fellow technical communicators. Conference registration is now open. See you at Spectrum 2020!

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.