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New topic in API course: Following agile scrum with documentation projects

by Tom Johnson on Aug 23, 2019 •
categories: category-api-doc

I added a new article in my API doc course that expands the notion of docs as code to include not only tools but processes as well. I included an excerpt below and a link to the full article.

Following agile scrum with documentation projects

Just as doc-as-code tools mirror tools used by software implementation teams, work processes that tech writers follow can also mirror processes used by software implementation teams. The most common software development methodology today is probably agile scrum.

Although agile scrum is both loved and hated by engineers, and nearly everyone modifies their implementation of it, this methodology has resonance with engineers because so many engineering groups loosely follow the same agile scrum process. Agile scrum is an extremely common approach within the software development industry. When tech writers adopt a similar methodology, engineers they’re working with better understand the tech writer’s processes and workflows.

At the end of the article, there’s a short survey to gather your thoughts and feedback.

Read the full article: Following agile scrum with documentation projects.

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I'm a technical writer / API doc specialist based in the Seattle 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.