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Podcast: Technical Writing in Agile Environments -- Interview with Alyssa Fox

by Tom Johnson on Dec 23, 2008 •
categories: podcasts

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Duration: 28 min.

In this podcast, I interview Alyssa Fox, an information development manager at NetIQ, about technical writing in agile environments. Agile environments involve short iterations of product development, such as three to six weeks to complete a release, rather than the longer one to two years of product development before releases.

Writing in an agile environment requires a different authoring methodology. On Alyssa's team, each writer attends scrum meetings for each project and completes the help by the end of each iteration (rather than waiting until the project's end).

Topics in this podcast include:

  • How writing in agile environments differs from writing in traditional waterfall environments
  • Techniques to ensure thorough document review in agile environments
  • Knowing when to attend meetings and when to skip them
  • Properly allocating writers across multiple projects without losing efficiency
  • Why authoring in the agile process results in higher quality documentation

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Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture, writing techniques, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out simplifying complexity and API documentation for some deep dives into these topics. If you're a technical writer and want to keep on top of the latest trends in the field, be sure to subscribe to email updates. You can also learn more about me or contact me.

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