https://gdstechnology.blog.gov.uk/2016/11/29/a-mini-conference-for-technical-writers-on-agile-documentation/

A mini conference for technical writers on agile documentation

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We have a growing community of technical writers in government focused on writing documentation and guidance for technologists. Next week we’ll be holding our second mini conference this year on how to write documentation in an agile environment.

The event is on Monday 5 December and will be in partnership with the Write The Docs community, one of the largest networks of tech authors worldwide.

We hope the event will be an opportunity for technical authors from government and the private sector to discuss some of the challenges they face when writing documentation in an agile environment.

For example, how can you ensure documentation is prioritised in an agile environment where the ‘product should speak for itself’? How can we integrate technical writers into the sprint team to make sure all new features are documented?

Our Agile the Docs event will follow a similar format to our previous Documenting APIs conference, and we will have speakers from Intel, Worldpay and Companies House.

The full agenda is here, with topics to be discussed including:

  • challenges facing technical writing
  • writing in agile teams
  • creating a content revolution in an agile environment
  • whether documentation should be in the definition of done
  • moving documentation into your product
  • learning agile from lean
  • continuous integration and documentation
  • agile Dita
  • prototyping
  • being the agile creator

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP on our meetup page today to secure your place.

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5 comments

  1. Simon

    Will this conference be available for remote viewers? Or will the presentations be available online?

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    • Rosalie Marshall

      Simon,

      Kristof from Write the Docs will be filming the presentations and putting them online afterwards. I'm assuming he will put them on YouTube as he did with our last event.

      Rosalie

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  2. James Lenoel

    Hi, myself and my colleague found out about this event yesterday and are disappointed to see that registration is now closed.
    Is there any way we can join the mini conference on Monday? We're based in the City and work in Agile teams delivering documentation to users and technologists.

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    • Rosalie Marshall

      James,

      I will email all those who have RSVP'd to see if anyone wants to give you their spaces 🙂

      Thanks

      Rosalie

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    • Rosalie Marshall

      Hi James,

      We've had to change the venue so we have more space now and the RSVP list has been opened again. Please feel free to sign up 🙂

      Rosalie

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