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RDF is not XML – RDF serialization and iiRDS metadata

The world of technical writing loves XML. Its document type definitions are the foundation of structured authoring. XML and the underlying schemas structure the content of our information products. The benefits are twofold. Content is consistently structured and easy to read. Authors have an easier time writing the content. The structure provides guidelines for authoring. more ...

The parson mug prize draw #5

It is winter in Hamburg and Christmas is right around the corner. Meanwhile, the parson mug gets to enjoy the sun! more ...

How to become a technical writer – Confessions of a former translator

A former translator, I worked the first seven years of my professional life in the translation industry, in various positions. While I learned a lot from this experience, it also left me, as a writer, frustrated. Translators are chained to their source text and writing the words of others in another language, usually focusing on what their clients want. more ...

tekom impressions part 2: API documentation and the VUKA world

Daniela Herbold and Ulrike Parson write about better API documentation and solutions for innovative human resources management. more ...

Impressions from tcworld 2017

Part 1: Improvisation, fluff hunt, and videos for technical documentation. more ...

Scrum Workshop at tekom Conference 2012

In one of our longtime projects, we supported the optimization of development processes and successfully introduced the agile development method Scrum. This project inspired my colleague Anne Hoffmann and me (the co-referee) to submit a workshop for the tekom-Jahrestagung 2012 in Wiesbaden. The topic will be “Karteikarten und Bierdeckel: User Stories für Dokumentation und Entwicklung” (Translation: “File cards and beer coasters: User stories for documentation and development”).

 

Finally, we are happy to announce that our workshop has been accepted. This gives us the possibility to share our experiences and findings from the project with other technical writers and people interested in the topic!

The basic structure of the workshop is already fixed: We will concentrate on agile requirements engineering and guide the group through a step by step business game. In the business game, the workshop participants will collect a product’s requirements and work out suitable user stories. These user stories will be used to extract documentation-specific tasks.

Right now, we are working on the detailed structure of the workshop. We already collected a number of interesting example products that will make the workshop entertaining and memorable for each participant. Workshop language will be German. We would be pleased to meet you at our workshop in October 2012!

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