The parson mug prize draw #6

Travelling is fun but can be exhausting. That‘s why the parson mug decided to spend a few days on the beach. more ...

A year in London. I am not just missing my sock

May I present Parsons Green in London? I think it's a perfect name for a London parson branch. That branch is not planned yet, but a bit of parson is actually in London at the moment. Me. more ...

Recommend+To? A Clear Recommendation

In technical documentation, we avoid recommendations. They rarely help the reader: The producer recommends ultra-light power cells. Why? What happens if I use others? more ...

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 ...

Developing Software on a Beer Mat

I just learned that our workshop "Developing software on a Beer Mat" at the annual tekom conference in Wiesbaden is already fully booked. The tekom organizers made another time slot available, so that more people can participate. What is going on? I have had the most horrible nightmares seeing myself on a big stage watch the only three people in the audience fall asleep. Or worse: leave.

Maybe most of the people who registered just read the word “beer”?

Well, it’s not about beer. It’s about user stories. About agile software development. About Scrum. And how software developers and technical writers can benefit from it. Because Scrum does not use lengthy functional specifications anymore. In Scrum we write our requirements as short user stories that could easily fit on a beer mat. But not only are these user stories brief. They are independent and self-contained. Perfectly fitted for a user manual. Don’t believe it?  Read Developing Software on a Beer Mat. User Stories for Documentation and Development.

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