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iiRDS – How a Novice Sees the Information Delivery Standard

Lately, the newly developed tekom standard iiRDS has gained quite some attention. The next exciting step will be the release of version 1.0, which will be released soon. Requesting and delivering intelligent information as a standardized approach between individual enterprises is a pioneering step in the Internet of Things – but let’s rewind a little. more ...

Pets at the office. Part I: Molly

The atmosphere at our office is always good, but when Molly is there, it gets even better. Molly is good for us. more ...

Soft Skills of a Technical Writer

What soft skills should technical writers have when they start their career? Linguistic and technical understanding is important in our profession. So are the soft skills - just like in any other job. more ...

The parson mug prize draw #5. Congratulations to the winners

In which country was the parson mug photographed, we asked at the beginning of December. more ...

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 ...

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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