Session Matrix – TC Camp 2019

This year we had 4 sessions each with 6 different discussions. Every discussion required a scribe and a facilitator. Scribes keep the notes and facilitators keep the conversation focused and make sure that everyone gets a chance to talk.  Both get special merit badges for their extra efforts!

Scribe notes are used during Camp Minimalist, at the end of the day, and saved here so you can access them later. These notes preserve not only what you learned, but give you access to what everyone else learned too!

Notes for each discussion have been posted to the individual session pages.

Workshops

  1. Pre-Camp API Training
  2. Adobe Workshop
  3. Collaboration Workshop
  4. Website Generators Workshop

Unconference Session #1 – Notes

  1. API Track: Tools for documenting REST APIs
  2. Managing Expectations in Big Projects
  3. Exploring Google Docs output
  4. Ways to Simplify Complexity
  5. Creating Microcontent
  6. Amphitheater Lightning Talks:
    • Does your conditional filtering strategy scale?
    • Documentation Tools as a Career

Unconference Session #2 – Notes

  1. API Track: Design Patterns for API Docs
  2. Communicating with SMEs
  3. How Do You Handle the PDF vs HTML Output Issue
  4. Getting User Feedback
  5. Automating Documentation
  6. Amphitheater Lightning Talks:
    • Smart Shiba’s Guide to Image Formats

Unconference Session #3 – Notes

  1. API Track: API Documentation Practices
  2. Content Reuse Mechanisms in DITA
  3. Using GitHub for Documentation Version Control
  4. Minimalism
  5. Job Market Stuff / Transitioning into Tech Writing
  6. Amphitheater: Ninja Talks

Unconference Session #4 – Notes

  1. API Track: Using JavaScript Libraries Like jQuery or Node.js
  2. Lightweight DITA / DITA Future
  3. Markdown for Techcomm
  4. Ways to Simplify Complexity
  5. Freelancing / Part-time Gigs / Companies to Work for
  6. NONE

Session Matrix – TC Camp 2018

This year we had 4 sessions each with 6 different discussions. Every discussion required a scribe and a facilitator. Scribes keep the notes and facilitators keep the conversation focused and make sure that everyone gets a chance to talk.  Both get special merit badges for their extra efforts!

Scribe notes are used during Camp Minimalist, at the end of the day, and saved here so you can access them later. These notes preserve not only what you learned, but give you access to what everyone else learned too!

Notes for each discussion have been posted to the individual session pages.

Workshops

  1. Pre-Camp API Workshop
  2. Adobe Workshop
  3. Chatbots
  4. Minimalism
  5. WordPress/SEO

Unconference Session #1 – Notes

  1. Chatbots
  2. Implementing open source documentation
  3. Techniques to interview SMEs to get info for the doc
  4. TechPubs metrics that are meaningful for business / Why do tech writers have such a low perceived value?
  5. Building an online portfolio
  6. Your favorite authoring tools (and why)

Unconference Session #2 – Notes

  1. API documentation practices
  2. Cyber security and the role of documentation
  3. Video/Audio – when are they better than print?
  4. Freelancing
  5. DITA, lightweight DITA, and markdown
  6. Best practices for documentation navigation

Unconference Session #3 – Notes

  1. Improving search in technical content / WordPress-SEO
  2. Complex doc systems with Markdown and Git / Markdown for techcomm
  3. Instructional design for tech writers / eLearning and the role of documentation
  4. Securing remote tech writing work
  5. Tools for documenting REST APIs / Breaking into API documentation
  6. Ways to simplify complexity

Unconference Session #4 – Notes

  1. Minimalism
  2. Documentation for the Internet of things (IoT)
  3. Getting user feedback
  4. Future of DITA / Content reuse mechanisms in DITA
  5. Career paths after tech writing
  6. Writers and product usability

Session Matrix – TC Summer Camp 2017

This year we had 3 workshops in the morning. In the afternoon, we had 2 sessions with 3 different simultaneous discussions. During each session, there were three rotations so everyone had the opportunity to attend every session. At each rotation break, attendees could stay or choose to rotate to one of the other discussions. While it seems as if there were only two sessions and one workshop, if an attendee rotated at every opportunity, that person attended 6 different discussions and all 3 workshops. Most people attended two out of three and ended up participating in 4 discussions and 2 workshops.

Every discussion requires a scribe and a facilitator. Scribes keep the notes and facilitators keep the conversation focused and make sure that everyone gets a chance to talk.  Both get special merit badges for their extra efforts!

Notes for each discussion have been posted to the individual session pages.

Workshops – Notes

  1. Adobe Workshop with Dustin Vaughn, Adobe
  2. Effective Collaboration with Andrew Lawless, Team Lawless
  3. Structured Authoring with Janice Summers, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Unconference Session #1 – Notes

  1. Reporting content metrics ROI
  2. Techwriters overcoming silos
  3. Getting reviewers to review

Unconference Session #2 – Notes

  1. Sharepoint best practices
  2. Dealing with a difficult manager
  3. Best practices for connecting stand alone topics