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Agile and Tech Comm: The Whole Team Approach

While “basic” scrum has been a huge help to the way we work and puts us more in sync with the rest of our team, adopting the whole team approach to development within scrum has further solidified our role on the team, improved teamwork across the board, and increased our product and documentation quality Continue reading ...

Agile and Tech Comm: Four Must-do’s to Become a Key Agile Team Member

Agile development relies heavily on frequent and clear communication. Consequently, it might seem like communication will not be an issue for us—after all, we are professional communicators. The fact is, essential communication on an agile team often is thwarted by preconceived ideas. Here are four must-do's to enable that communication and become a key agile team member. Continue reading ...

Agile and Tech Comm: Viewing Scrum from a Writer’s Eyes

When they look at scrum from the outside in, most writers tend to get excited about the possibilities of this Agile development model—and with good reason. The amount of interaction and communication on the team facilitated by daily standup meetings and frequent planning meetings is like music to the technical communicator’s ears Continue reading ...

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Agile and Tech Comm: Writer Challenges in Agile and Traditional Development Teams

Agile's iterative nature and focus on the self-directed team support writers’ attempts to expand their roles on project teams, improve the quality of their deliverables, and avoid most of the end-of-release-cycle crunch that typically results from a traditional waterfall process. No matter if your employer has joined the agile movement, or if you still work in a 20th-century waterfall world, or some hybrid of the two, you can recognize and learn to rise to the challenges common to most development teams. Continue reading ...