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April Newsletter

Dear Readers,

It is a new season, and we are moving on to a new theme for the next quarter: agile. Whether you are an experienced Scrum Master or have no idea what agile is, we are hoping you will enjoy learning about this industry methodology.

We will be having our annual student writing contest this month. Students from North Texas colleges and universities are welcome to participate and compete for an opportunity to win a prize (Amazon gift cards).

We also have a webinar on April 16th at noon presented by Judith Mills on how DISC personalities contribute to a team in an agile environment. As someone who enjoys taking all kind of personality assessments, I’m looking forward to this presentation. I hope to see you all there!

Best Regards,

Lacey Corbin
NTLSC President
April 16
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Can Documentation Be Agile?
A Field Report

Just getting started with agile?

The article cited below discusses how agile documentation works in practice, recommends tools that support the agile processes, and points out the challenges for technical writers.
 

Read the full article here.
 

"Can Documentation be Agile? A Field Report." Parson. January 29, 2016. Accessed April 3, 2019. https://www.parson-europe.com/en/knowledge-base/370-agile-documentation.html.
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Agile Resource

Agile has moved from a basic idea to a revolutionary mindset in software development and beyond. What is Agile and how can you adopt it? If you are looking for these answers and would like to start somewhere, check out AgileConnection.com. This website offers the latest and greatest information on agile practices, principles, and technologies curated by experienced industry professionals and thought leaders. Participate in Q&A discussions or glean from articles, interviews, and presentations. Start your journey at  https://www.agileconnection.com/  today.

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Student Writing Contest

Technical writing – and business writing in every field – requires diplomacy. In this year’s contest, students pretend to be Steph Curry turning down a high-dollar endorsement contract via email. Obviously, saying “no” and maintaining good will are always a challenge. Students have until April 19, 2019 to review the details of the contest prompt and submit their emails at the contest website: http://tinyurl.com/2019-STC-Contest

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STC Summit 2019

The 2019 STC Summit is in Denver this year, May 5-8.

The full schedule is available here: https://summit.stc.org/schedule/. You can view it in a PDF grid, or as a list. There are 80+ sessions and 12 workshops, plus:

Please consider attending the premier technical communication conference and share this info with your tech comm colleagues -- and on social media.

Support Our Chapter

We now have an image at the top of our website home page, so use our Amazon Smile link when you purchase from Amazon to donate a portion of the proceeds to our chapter.

Your support of our chapter matters. North Texas Lone Star STC Chapter is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
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Networking Event Update

 

The chapter held three live networking events in Dallas, Lewisville, and Arlington on March 28. It was great to see new faces. We had attendees from the startup and student communities grace the evening. Thank you to all who made it. #GoodFood #GreatConversations #NewBeginnings

Volunteers

Do you have a talent for photography? Are you a people person?
If so, we need your help.
Below are the areas in which we have a need for volunteers.
Contact president@stcdfw.org if you are interested in helping.

Historian
Take pictures at events.
Videographer
Record chapter meetings.
Volunteer Coordinator
Help connect volunteers to their interests.

Want to Get Your Degree or Certificate?

Consider a degree or certificate in Technical Communication. DFW has several local universities with excellent programs, and STC offers their own professional certification program.
 

Society for Technical Communication - Professional Certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert level. For more information, visit www.stc.org/certification/.

University of North Texas – BA, BS, and MA in Professional and Technical Communication, and Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit https://techcomm.unt.edu/.

Texas Christian University – BA in Writing. For more information, visit addran.tcu.edu/english/academics/areas-of-study/undergraduate-programs/ba-writing/.


University of Texas at Arlington – Technical Writing Certificate. For more information, visit www.uta.edu/english/Academics/technicalwriting-certification.
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