Tech Comm Café

Tech Comm Café: January 19 recap

Tech Comm Café:  January 19 recap

The first Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café of 2017 was held January 19. The small group of technical writers, aspiring technical writers, and our invited guest met at the The Next Sushi in Victoria’s Cook St. Village. Our guest for the evening was Olga Romanova, the Human Resources manager at Reliable Controls. Olga had kindly…

Tech Comm Café: Nov. 9 recap; next meeting Feb. 8, 2017

Tech Comm Café: Nov. 9 recap; next meeting Feb. 8, 2017

The Vancouver-area Tech Comm Café met on November 9 at a coffee shop near Broadway and Cambie. After some brief introductions around the table, announcements included: — The Canada West Coast chapter of the Society for Technical Communication is offering a limited number of subsidized student memberships. The deadline to apply is November 30. —…

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 12 recap; next meeting Nov. 9

Tech Comm Café: Oct. 12 recap; next meeting Nov. 9

The Tech Comm Café met on October 12 and focused on questions from people who are switching to a technical writing career. First of all, how do you decide whether to change to a technical writing career when you’re already working full-time in another field? How do you choose between a steady job in your…

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Oct. 3 recap; next meeting Jan. 19

Vancouver Island Tech Comm Café: Oct. 3 recap; next meeting Jan. 19

On Monday, October 3, 2016, eight technical writers braved the rain to eat tacos, debate style guides, review award-winning technical writing, and contemplate other interesting topics. The STC Canada West Coast chapter President, Stephen Gauer, brought award-winning documentation from the 2016 STC International Summit Awards for us to peruse and discuss. We discussed style guides…

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 14 recap; next meeting Oct. 12

Tech Comm Café: Sept. 14 recap; next meeting Oct. 12

People who attended the Tech Comm Café on September 14 were in for a surprise. The restaurant where we’ve met regularly for over two years has closed its doors and been replaced by a construction site, resulting in some confused faces in the parking lot! However, we quickly reconvened on a nearby patio and enjoyed…

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

Tech Comm Café: Aug. 10 recap; next meeting Sept. 14

The Tech Comm Café met on August 10, 2016, for an informative discussion of current topics of interest to the technical writing community. One person who attended is an active volunteer with another group. We discussed the challenges that are common to many professional associations nowadays: it’s hard to maintain membership, attendance, and volunteer numbers…

Tech Comm Café: July 13 recap; next meeting Aug. 10

Tech Comm Café: July 13 recap; next meeting Aug. 10

The Tech Comm Café met on July 13, 2016, for an informative discussion of work-related dilemmas. It was great to see experienced, working technical writers brainstorming to generate fresh ideas. Skill levels: How do employers and writers define junior, intermediate, and senior writers? Generally, junior writers have less than two years of experience, intermediates have…

Tech Comm Café: June 8 recap; next meeting July 13

Tech Comm Café: June 8 recap; next meeting July 13

The Tech Comm Café met on June 8 at BG Urban Café in Burnaby for an engaging talk about technical writing and communication. The group was large enough to have a lively discussion, yet small enough that we could hear everyone clearly amidst the café’s background noise. The group was diverse professionally and in experience….

Tech Comm Cafe: Scope Creep in Contract Jobs

Tech Comm Cafe: Scope Creep in Contract Jobs

The Tech Comm Café met on May 11, 2016, for another informative discussion of technical communication topics. This time we focused on the question of scope creep and client expectations. A writer asked about a first-time client who offered her a lump sum to write a white paper. The writer drew up a plan for…

Tech Comm Café: April 13 recap; next meeting May 11

Tech Comm Café: April 13 recap; next meeting May 11

The Tech Comm Café met on April 13 at a café in Burnaby for another wide-ranging discussion of technical communication topics. A writer asked for tips on setting up a Doc-to-Help system in a way that would allow the client to maintain and update information after the writer had left the project. Though no-one at…

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