August Events: Automating Content Development and Lifecycle Tasks

Tired of repetitive and time-consuming tasks surrounding content development and lifecycle? Intel’s Technical Publications Manager Michael Tullis will provide insights on automating tasks like these using simple scripts. Enjoy dinner and learn about scripting frameworks and how they might play into your own daily tasks.

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2015,  5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Intel Corporation, 6505 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ
  • Price:  $10.00per person
  • More info and to register… (must log in to MeetUp)
Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on July 27, 2015 @ 9:36 pm |

Join us in July!

SunGet out of the heat and enjoy the company of your fellow STC members and Valley tech. communicators!

Summit Recap – Learn about this year’s STC Conference and enjoy dinner at the old Spaghetti Factory. Tuesday, 7-14 at 7:00 PM.

Lunch & networking – Join your fellow tech. communicators for lunch at George & Sons Asian Cuisine on Wednesday, 7-29 at 11:30 AM.

For details see the Metro Phoenix Tech. Comm. MeetUp site,  .

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on June 28, 2015 @ 4:57 pm |

May Events

Self-Publishing through XML by Richard Hamilton of XML Press

  • Dinner and meeting  (Webinar also available)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ
  • More info and to register… (must log in to MeetUp)

Networking Lunch

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
  • Perfect Pear Bistro, 9845 S Priest Dr, Phoenix , AZ
  • More info and to register… (must log in to MeetUp)
Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on May 6, 2015 @ 5:13 pm |

Right around the corner – April Events

Mark your calendars now! STC Phoenix offers the following program and networking events this month:

  • April 14, 5:45 – 8:30 p.m.: Join us for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory (1418 N. Central Ave., Phoenix), followed by Marketing Yourself through Your Writing Sample by Stephanie Long of TEEMA. Prospective employers are increasingly asking candidates to provide writing samples. Are you prepared to send in a writing sample? More info and to register… (must log in to MeetUp)
  • April 23, 11:30 a.m.: Get out of the office – you deserve a real lunch! Network with fellow technical communicators at the Four Peaks Brewery, 15745 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale. More info.
Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on April 4, 2015 @ 9:13 pm |

March Events – Plan Now!

Plan now to attend our March events:

Scoping Training Projects Workshop: On Saturday, March 21, Paula Wittekind of CDQ Learning will present a half-day workshop on how to scope training projects. Learn a very practical method for accurately estimating projects.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pyle Adult Recreation Center – 655 East Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ
More info and to register… (must log in to MeetUp)

Tech. Comm. Happy Hour: Relax with fellow tech. communicators in Scottsdale on Thursday, March 26.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 5:00 p.m.
Village Tavern – 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
More info and to RSVP… (must log in to MeetUp)

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on March 1, 2015 @ 4:35 pm |

Meeting Recaps

slidesEnjoy slideshows of and presentations from the January and February chapter meetings:

 

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on February 16, 2015 @ 10:52 pm |

February 2015 Meeting Slideshow and Presentation

At the February meeting, Intel’s Steve Ballard examined the XML-based publication environment and its impact on technical writers.

Point to a photo to pause the slideshow and read the caption.

February Presentation (PowerPoint)

 

Filed under: Meeting Materials & Comments — Gloria McConnell on @ 10:36 pm |

January 2015 Meeting Slideshow and Presentation

Representatives from The Creative Group (TCG) led a lively discussion of the changing roles in technical communication at January’s meeting. Following are a few photos from the event. A link to the TCG presentation follows the slideshow.

Point to a photo to pause the slideshow and read the caption.

January Presentation (PowerPoint)

 

Filed under: Meeting Materials & Comments — Gloria McConnell on @ 10:23 pm |

Upcoming Chapter Activities

Feb. 26: Agile Translation Best Practices Webinar

Agile is a rapidly growing method for the development of software that emphasizes rapid iteration and adaptability. Agile is now being used to improve translation processes, resulting in many benefits. STC Fellow Ann Rockley will provide an understanding of the methodology for moving to Agile, how to address the challenges of change, and best practices for Agile translation. Read more

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Phoenix time)
  • Where: Online
  • Cost: Only $5! Registration required (must log in to MeetUp)
  • RSVP: Please register for this webinar by Monday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. The GoToMeeting invitations for this webinar will be sent out by email on Tuesday morning.

Mar. 21: Scoping Training Projects Workshop

Learn a practical method that can be used to develop accurate training project scope estimates. STC Phoenix Chapter is partnering with Paula Wittekind of CDQ Learning to present a half-day workshop on how to scope training projects. This method for scoping a training project takes you through the steps of identifying project and content requirements, and shows you strategies for developing schedule and cost estimates. At this application-based workshop, you will use simple templates to guide you through the project scoping process. Read more

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Phoenix time)
  • Where: Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ map
  • Cost: $75 for STC Phoenix Chapter members and PAID Metro Phoenix Tech. Comm. (MeetUp) members (refund given at workshop if paid by PayPal); $125 for non-members. Fee includes all workshop materials, light lunch and snacks.
    Registration required (must log in to MeetUp)

 

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on February 14, 2015 @ 10:50 pm |

Feb. 10: Examining the DITA Environment

XMLAt this STC Phoenix Chapter program meeting, Intel’s Steve Ballard examines the XML-based publication environment and its impact on technical writers. The second in a series of DITA-related seminars, Steve’s presentation will discuss:

  • How XML-based technical communications groups are structured
  • The roles and responsibilities within an XML-based group
  • The interaction of each of these roles in the concept-to-publication workflow
  • The skills and education writers need to be competitive in this environment

Special thanks to Intel for hosting event – the program and a light dinner will cost only $5!

Details:

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Intel’s west Chandler campus on the southeast corner of Chandler Blvd. and Beck Ave., about one mile east of I-10. Park on the NORTH side of building (closest to Chandler Blvd.). map
  • Entry: Enter via the WEST Lobby (closest to Beck St.) and receive a temporary access badge. After the meeting, we will exit from the EAST lobby (West Lobby will be closed).
  • Price: Only $5! Registration required (must log in to MeetUp)
Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on February 7, 2015 @ 11:53 am |

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