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Flipped Classroom: Make Your Training More Efficient

Paying attention to students with different skill levels requires much time during onsite training. Students with more knowledge can get bored easily. Vice versa, students with less knowledge may get overwhelmed. more ...

Is DITA working for you? Results from the DITA Satisfaction Survey 2017

How satisfied are adopters with DITA? Technical communication professionals working at 250 companies around the world have taken part in the DITA Satisfaction Survey 2017 so far. The preliminary results have now been published. more ...

The Core of Intelligent Information - Metadata

The new tekom blog is all about intelligent information. The blog brings together experts from related fields to explore the various aspects of the design and development of intelligent technologies. more ...

The parson mug prize draw 3. Congratulations to the winners

What's the name of the building behind the parson mug, we asked at the beginning of June. A tricky question, but many answsered correctly. Three winners were drawn. Congratulations! more ...

Prize draw: The travelling parson mug #3

The parson mug collected bonus miles again! At first sight, you might not see where our adventurer travelled this time, but don’t worry. We’ll help you. 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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