First Write the Docs in Australia
The first Write the Docs meetup in Australia is happening soon! I’ll be there, to lead a discussion around working with engineers. Huge thanks to Swapnil Ogale for organising this first meetup ever in Australia.
The session will be in Melbourne at 6pm on Friday, 9 September 2016. Can you come? For more session details and signup, see the Write the Docs Melbourne meetup.
About Write the Docs
Write the Docs (WtD) is an informal community of people interested in technical documentation: technical writers, engineers, UX designers, support engineers, editors, and more. The heart of the community is a series of meetups that happen in various parts of the world. There are also a few annual conferences.
You don’t need to belong to any organisation. Just register for a meetup in your area of the world.
Topic for the Melbourne meetup: Working with Engineers
Swapnil Ogale is the organiser of the Melbourne WtD meetup. He’s invited me to lead the discussion at this first session. We’ll talk about working with engineers. I’ll start with a presentation (about 20 minutes):
How does a technical writer build a super-productive relationship with an engineering team? Sarah has some tips gleaned from working with engineering teams at Atlassian and Google. The tips range from co-location (a fancy word for sitting together) to capitalising on your core skills as technical writer (a sure-fire way of becoming a valued member of the team), and more.
Are engineers keen to update the documentation themselves, and what might prevent them from doing so? See what some engineers replied to these questions.
We’ll close with a group discussion where people can share their own ideas and experiences. If it’s easy, bring your laptop or mobile device along, so that you can contribute to a shared doc.
If you’re an engineer or have another role that touches on technical documentation, come and talk about working with technical writers!