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 |

Help Plan Chapter Activities

January is behind us, but chapter officers are busy planning events for the rest of the year. If you have a great idea for a chapter activity, please email President Kim Rosenlof, president@stc-phoenix.com. Whether it’s a presenter for a program meeting, a great place for networking meeting, or a webinar topic, let us know what you’re thinking!

Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on February 2, 2015 @ 2:32 pm |

January 2015 Events

Happy New Year! Join STC Phoenix and other Valley technical communicators at the following January events:

Discussion: Changing Roles of Technical Communicators

  • Light dinner and discussion on the changing roles of technical communicators.
    Members of The Creative Group, a division of the Robert Half company, will lead the discussion.
  • Tuesday, January 29,  6 – 8 p.m.
  • The Creative Group, 2375 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ (map)
  • $15 (includes dinner)
  • Register now! (Log in to MeetUp first.)

FREE Acrolinx Webinar

  • Watch a live demonstration of Acrolinx’s content optimization platform.
  • New Time!  Thursday, January 29, 12:00 p.m. (Phoenix time)
  • Online
  • Register now! (Log in to MeetUp first.)
Filed under: Community Blog,Events,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on January 5, 2015 @ 3:04 pm |

2015 Officers

Congratulations to the Phoenix Chapter’s 2015 officers! At the helm next year will be:

Thanks to everyone who voted. Our officers will need your help throughout the year, though. Please consider volunteering for the chapter – activities won’t necessarily take much time. And your great ideas are always welcome. Please contact Kim if you’d like to volunteer or have an idea for a chapter meeting or activity.

Filed under: Community Blog,Governance & Elections,Latest Chapter News,zLayout — Gloria McConnell on December 18, 2014 @ 5:53 pm |

Connect With Us Online

Our award-winning Phoenix chapter provides industry support, education, community service, and networking opportunities for chapter members, students and local businesses.
Learn more

  • STC Phx dinner program on 4/14, “Marketing Yourself through Your Writing Sample” by Stephanie Long of TEEMA. bit.ly/1FbyLnB 2 weeks ago
  • Check the results of 2015 WritersUA Skills & Technologies Survey – you might be surprised! bit.ly/1Gui5fx 3 weeks ago
  • Join us this evening! Network with other tech. communicators after work at the Village Tavern in Scottsdale. bitly.com/1BrlqKh 3 weeks ago
  • Free webinar: Leaving Proprietary Solutions Behind, presented by JoAnn Hackos. 3/17, 9:00-10:00 AM PST. bit.ly/1xpEhQB 1 month ago
  • “Strategies for Scoping Training Projects Workshop” on 3/21. $50 discount for STC Phoenix and paid MPTC members! ttp://bit.ly/1vxOA9S 1 month ago