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Upcoming presentation at the STC Puget Sound chapter in Seattle

by Tom Johnson on May 12, 2019 • 0 Comments
categories: general

On May 21, 2019, I'm giving a presentation on trends to the STC Puget Sound Chapter in Seattle, Washington. The venue is at the University of Washington and will be from 6:00-8:30pm.

STC Puget Sound presentation

Here’s a description of the presentation:

Tech comm trends: Providing value as a generalist in a sea of specialists

Trends in technical communication can be hard to decipher, even when looking at data. But one underlying trend is that technology seems to be getting more specialized and complex. This trend toward specialization is driving up the value of technical knowledge, making it more prized than writing skills. To handle the complexity, technical writers may find that they are playing increasingly collaborative roles with engineers to create the needed documentation. To drive up their value in organizations, technical writers should look for ways to collaborate more skillfully with engineers in creating content.


  • The growing complexity in the technology landscape is ratcheting up the importance of technical knowledge in organizations, overshadowing writing skills.
  • Creating documentation is becoming more of a collaborative effort with engineers due to the increasing level of complexity and specialization in the technology landscape.
  • Documentation processes are moving towards docs-as-code tools in part because engineers are more involved in the authoring processes, and they prefer to use tools they’re familiar with.

The cost for the event is $10 to $15. You can learn more and sign up here.

Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Washington – The Tower
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

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