Chapter Meetings

Wednesday 15 May, 2019: STC-SF presents Andrew Etter: Speed Writing for Speed Reading

Greetings from the San Francisco Chapter of the STC!

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

In this talk, Andrew explains how to optimize the way we produce and consume technical documentation. He examines what we know about human behavior, what real-time strategy games can teach us about publishing, and how refrigerators relate to the ultimate reader experience.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Andrew Etter is a senior technical writer at Amazon Web Services and the bestselling author of Modern Technical Writing: An Introduction to Software Documentation. He’s worked in the software industry for 12 years as a tester, trainer, writer, and manager.

You can always check for recent posts at www.stc-sf.org.

RSVP on Meetup

Please RSVP on our Meetup page. This helps us plan for snacks and room space.

Meetings are now free to attend for everyone. If you would like to contribute to the chapter to help us continue providing free meetings, there’s a Chip In button on our Meetup page.


Date and Time

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except November and December.

6:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM: Chapter Announcements and Topic Presentation

Please arrive before 7:00 PM while someone is present at the entrance to let you in. Due to security restrictions, the doors can only be opened by Workday employees. If someone is not present at the entrance, please be patient. You can also email info@stc-sf.org to alert those inside the meeting or if you will be later than the presentation start time.


Location

Workday San Francisco
160 Spear Street, Suite 1700 (between Mission and Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94105

The entrance is next to the Specialties Bakery. Meet on the 17th floor in the Bruce Bochy conference room

Parking

Use either the Howard Street Garage (located between Spear and Steuart) or the garage under the Rincon Center (located on Spear between Mission and Howard).

NOTE that the Howard Street Garage’s rates are lower at night than during the day.


Public Transportation

You can take either BART or MUNI and exit at the Embarcadero Station.

Monday 11 February, 2019: STC-SF presents Adopting an Agile Content Development Process

Greetings from the San Francisco Chapter of the STC. This month we will be livestreaming a presentation from the Silicon Valley chapter. Debra Brinson will talk about adopting the Agile content development process. We’ll be in our usual location: 160 Spear Street, 17th floor, Bruce Bochy conference room. Please join us for an hour of networking from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the presentation streamed from Santa Clara from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Debra will share a success story of a small team using Agile processes to successfully overhaul a Help system for complex genetic sequencing software in just over six months. The approach uses 3 weekly sprints that overlap, so that every week each writer is actively writing, peer-reviewing, and editing content.

Attend this session to learn how an Agile writing process can help boost collaboration among information developers; decrease the time spent with SMEs; and optimize content development. Debra will explain her process and describe the outcomes, including compelling reasons for working as a team to create component-based content that delights both customers and internal users.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Debra has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Journalism from New York University. She has worked in the Bay Area as a technical writer for over 20 years, a second profession that she transitioned to after spending five years working as a journalist. This profession continues to pique her interest because it provides opportunities to learn every day, and constantly entices her to climb out of a comfort zone and continually grow.
Most recently, Debra has become integrated into a team of dedicated technical communication colleagues in the field of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology.

You can always check for recent posts at www.stc-sf.org.

RSVP on Meetup

Please RSVP on our Meetup page. This helps us plan for snacks and room space.

Meetings are now free to attend for everyone. If you would like to contribute to the chapter to help us continue providing free meetings, there’s a Chip In button on our Meetup page.


Date and Time

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except November and December.

6:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM: Chapter Announcements and Topic Presentation

Please arrive before 7:00 PM while someone is present at the entrance to let you in. Due to security restrictions, the doors can only be opened by Workday employees. If someone is not present at the entrance, please be patient. You can also email info@stc-sf.org to alert those inside the meeting or if you will be later than the presentation start time.


Location

Workday San Francisco
160 Spear Street, Suite 1700 (between Mission and Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94105

The entrance is next to the Specialties Bakery. Meet on the 17th floor in the Bruce Bochy conference room

Parking

Use either the Howard Street Garage (located between Spear and Steuart) or the garage under the Rincon Center (located on Spear between Mission and Howard).

NOTE that the Howard Street Garage’s rates are lower at night than during the day.


Public Transportation

You can take either BART or MUNI and exit at the Embarcadero Station.

Wednesday 24 October, 2018: STC-SF presents Unleashing your Team’s potential with the Atlassian Team Playbook

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

The Team Playbook is Atlassian’s no bullshit guide to unleashing any team’s full potential. John Paz will give us a quick overview of the Atlassian Team Playbook, and he’ll lead discussion about how to use it to diagnose and treat team chemistry and project velocity problems. The Team Playbook is free to download, and it’s organized and grouped according to the team dynamic you want to address. It includes stories about how Atlassian creates team plays, as well as the plays our Content Designers use most often, and how we use these plays to inform our work.

RSVP on Meetup

Please RSVP on our Meetup page. This helps us plan for snacks and room space.

Meetings are now free to attend for everyone. If you would like to contribute to the chapter to help us continue providing free meetings, there’s a Chip In button on our Meetup page.


Date and Time

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except November and December.

6:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM: Chapter Announcements and Topic Presentation

Please arrive before 7:00 PM while someone is present at the entrance to let you in. Due to security restrictions, the doors can only be opened by Workday employees. If someone is not present at the entrance, please be patient. You can also email info@stc-sf.org to alert those inside the meeting or if you will be later than the presentation start time.


Location

Workday San Francisco
160 Spear Street, Suite 1700 (between Mission and Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94105

The entrance is next to the Specialties Bakery. Meet on the 17th floor in the Bruce Bochy conference room

Parking

Use either the Howard Street Garage (located between Spear and Steuart) or the garage under the Rincon Center (located on Spear between Mission and Howard).

NOTE that the Howard Street Garage’s rates are lower at night than during the day.


Public Transportation

You can take either BART or MUNI and exit at the Embarcadero Station.

 

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