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Working in self-organizing teams. Or: how we get rid of management

Today's world is VUCA : volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Companies are facing complex challenges such as Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Those who do not respond fast, may be driven out of the market. more ...

Office Pets. Part II: Blacky and Felix

This is the second (and last) part of our blog series about office pets. This time, we present Blacky and Felix, two brothers. They are six years old, curious, and always hungry. more ...

Check if or check that? Or: Have you tried turning if off and on again?

How often do we read or write that we should check something? Example: "Check if the computer is connected to power." Clear message, no misunderstanding. But what if it says: "Check that the computer is connected to power." more ...

Ten questions for Ines Lasch, intern at parson

Ines Lasch just finished her vocational training as a technical writer and is doing an eight-week internship at parson. We asked her ten questions. more ...

Vocational Training for Technical Communicators. How Does it Work?

Anja Schiel, trainee, and Ulrike Parson, CEO of parson AG, offer their insights into the vocational training for technical communicators. 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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