Pre-Conference

STC India is organizing a Full-day Pre-Conference Workshop in two different cities, Chennai and Pune. The workshops begin with a common keynote presentation followed by their own agenda for each city.

Keynote Presentation (common for Chennai, Pune)


Keynote Speaker – Don Day

Don has led enterprise content innovation efforts for more than 20 years resulting in multiple patents, official recognition for his contribution to reengineering IBM’s information assets, and designation as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor for his efforts convening and leading the OASIS Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Technical Committee. He provides consulting on strategy, technology, and best practices for optimizing the value and usefulness of unstructured data.

Don has over 25 years of experience with product documentation at IBM, spanning the evolution of GML, SGML, and XML-based markup languages and applications. He has enjoyed stints as IBM’s primary representative for the W3C XSL and CSS working groups. He led the IBM workgroup that developed and eventually contributed the DITA XML specification as an OASIS standard. Don is still the Co-Chair for that committee, helping to guide the future of DITA and its communities of use

Keynote Presentation – Being relevant in 2028: Strategies for future proofing your content

The first session will be conducted live from Austin, Texas by XML industry influencer, Don Day. In the session, Don will address the trend of moving away ever more strongly from print-based use of content and look at the ways you can self-assess your writing today so that it can be used for the next 15 years on devices that are yet to be invented. Don has over 25 years of experience with product documentation at IBM, spanning the evolution of GML, SGML, and XML-based markup languages and applications. He has enjoyed stints as IBM’s primary representative for the W3C XSL and CSS working groups. He led the IBM workgroup that developed and eventually contributed the DITA XML specification as an OASIS standard. Don is still the Co-Chair for that committee, helping to guide the future of DITA and its communities of use.

Pre-Conference Program: Chennai

Pre-Conference Program: Pune

Adobe Connect Details

STC India Chennai: Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop – 28 September (Saturday), 2013

Sponsor and Location

Exclusive Sponsor: HCL, Vadapalani, Chennai

Venue: HCL Technologies, Chennai

Address: HCL Technologies Ltd, No. 184-188, Arcot Road, Vadapalani, Chennai 600 026, India

Hall: Cafeteria

Land Mark: Opp to Vasan Eye Care Hospital

Phone: +91-44-2372-8366

Map: HCL, Vadapalani, Chennai

Note: The workshop is FREE for all the participants.

Tentative Agenda

09:00 AM to 09:30 AM Registration
09:30 AM to 10:30 AM Being relevant in 2028: Strategies for future proofing your content – Webinar by Don Day
10:30 AM to 10:45 AM STC India Announcements + Discussion
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM to 01:00 PM Essential Skills for Technical WritersVasanth Vaidyanathan
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Managing Product Documentation Releases (New and Patch)Kiranmayee
04:00 PM to 04:15 PM Networking Break
04:15 PM to 05:30 PM How to Tackle the Most Common Challenges in a Writer’s Work LifeAkram
05:30 PM to 05:45 PM Closure

About the Speakers

Vasanth Vaidyanathan is an experienced Documentation/ Project Manager and Agile/Scrum expert. He has managed and delivered large documentation projects with significant revenue potential for global organizations. He has hired and managed large, talented teams of resources and has over 14 years of industry experience (in India & Europe). He has a Masters degree in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani. He is a Senior Member of STC and Past President of STC India Chapter.

Vasanth is currently Director of Customer Support and QA at Sankhya Technologies. Sankhya’s focus is system design automation (SDA).

Kiranmayee has 26 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working in the technical publication and knowledge services arena for 20 years now. She has presented in many forums, conferences and has won numerous awards for her presentations (won the best speaker award in the STC Annual conference 2004, and in the STC India Summit I in 2011). She has also won international awards for her work. She likes mentoring, teaching and sharing knowledge.

Akram is a seasoned Technical Writer. Winner of 1st Prize in STC India Competitions 2011 under the Informational Materials category. Proficient in delivering and managing various documents for hardware and software products. Proficient in RoboHelp, FrameMaker, Arbortext Editor with Astoria, Office Suite,Snagit, XML concepts and DITA Framework.

Possess a very strong hold on inter-personal communication skills and technical writing standards. He believes that his profound thoughts on innovation, team work, and user experience coupled with his dedication to deliver the best quality content even in stringent work schedules are his secrets of success.

Session Abstracts

Essential Skills for Technical Writers (Vasanth Vaidyanathan): If you need to be a complete Technical Writer, you can’t be happy with good writing or technical skills alone. As a writer, you are also a Project Manager. Hence you need to have several other skills (Example: Listening, Interviewing, Negotiating and Convincing skills) to grow as a successful Technical Writer. The session is meant for writers with 2-5 years of experience. Writers with 5+ years of experience are welcome to join as well. This is an interactive workshop with role plays.

Managing Product Documentation Releases (New and Patch) (Kiranmayee): The challenge in every documentation project is to produce quality documentation on stringent timelines and without overshooting the budget. Proven simple management techniques are the key to do this successfully. Commitment and Project planning is a pre-requisite for a project success, it is a known fact that no one plans to fail, but just fails to plan. Poor planning leads to missed schedules or timelines, poor deliverables, budget overruns etc. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin. One of our biggest enemies is the unknown and the assumptions that we make. This session is an interactive session to equip or recap the skills required, the concepts, the best known methods of documentation planning, estimation; the various artifacts used to do so.

Process artifacts that will help us efficiently manage releases (these process artifacts have to be reusable over subsequent releases)

  • Involve writers from the beginning of the life cycle – plan, estimate
  • Publish doc plan with Engineering team so they know when they are expected to review docs
  • Planning – time management
  • Comprehensive feature list
  • Traceability Matrix
  • Review checklists, Metrics
  • Establishing good contacts – Right SMEs for the right features
  • List of reviewers and approvers
  • E-mail templates

Audience level: beginner (1+ years) to advanced (5+ years) technical writers.

How to Tackle the Most Common Challenges in a Writer’s Work Life (Akram): We have learned how to be efficient technical writers but have we mastered the art of resolving the challenges that we face in our day-to-day documentation job? Say, how to deal with a SME who doesn’t respond to you or how to reject a review comment without offending the reviewer? I’ll try to answer all such minor yet crucial questions in this session. What more? These answers proved to be useful because they were drawn from a vast experience in Technical Communication and ensured a healthy work life till date.

About the Venue Sponsor

Over the past decade, HCL has been one of the fastest growing technology companies not only in India but in the world – even during the depths of the economic downturn. A combination of technical expertise and an innovative management philosophy that unleashed the innovative thinking of empowered employees, has been the source of HCL’s success even during the period of economic turmoil.

As a $4.5 billion global company, HCL Technologies brings IT and engineering services expertise under one roof to solve complex business problems for its clients. Leveraging our extensive global offshore infrastructure and network of offices in 26 countries, we provide holistic, multi-service delivery in such industries as financial services, manufacturing, consumer services, public services and healthcare.

For more information, refer to their website.

Registration Details

  • This session is limited to 40 participants only.
  • Please register for this event by filling your details in the Registration Form.
  • Please do not inquire about the session on this mailing list.
  • Your participation is confirmed only if you receive a confirmation mail from Saravanan Manoharan.

Participation Fee

No participation fee for both members and non-members of STC India.

Registration closes on 26 September 2013.

If you have any queries, please write to Saravanan at sara.techwrit@gmail.com.

STC India Pune: Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop – 28 September (Saturday), 2013

Venue: BMC Software, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune

Agenda

08:45 AM to 09:15 AM Registration
09:15 AM to 10:30 AM Being relevant in 2028: Strategies for future proofing your contentDon Day
11:00 AM to 5:30 AM Instructional Design & LMS Workshop – Mak Pandit

Session Abstract

Instructional Design & LMS Workshop (Mak Pandit): ID & LMS Workshop will be conducted by Mak Pandit. Mak has close to 20 years of experience in Technical Writing & Instructional Design. He is managing director of Technowrites Pvt. Ltd, a company providing services and training. Mak is first Indian to become Associate Fellow of STC and Pune City Rep. Mak was a STC India President in 2005 and is an award-winning speaker. The workshop will include following points.

  • Introduction to Instructional Design
  • ADDIE Model
  • ID Theories
  • CBT & WBT
  • SCORM
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Moodle – Open Source LMS
  • Setting up Moodle sites
  • Setting up courses in Moodle
  • Managing users in Moodle

The session will also include networking and problem solving opportunities.

Notes:

  • BMC is the venue-sponsor for this event. STC India thanks BMC for the support.
  • Registration will be mandatory for the preconference workshop. There will be registration fees of Rs. 200/- per person including lunch & tea. STC Members can attend for free.
  • The Webcast will be managed through AdobeConnect. STC India thanks Adobe for providing this service. There will be a single login for Don Day’s session from the Pre-conference venue. The screen and the audio will be shared with all the participants (live.) There is no separate registration needed for the webcast.
  • The workshop will be conducted in the classroom only. The workshop part will not be available on Adobe Connect.
  • Registration to this workshop is open to all. You need not be STC Member to attend. It is also not restricted to STC India Goa 2013 conference participants. Even if you are not attending the conference, you can attend the workshop.
  • There will be a separate Moodle instance created for groups of participants to work on. Every group will have 2-3 participants.
  • There will be an optional extension available for the Moodle Installation where the participants can continue to learn and practice for a period of 20 days even after the workshop. For this we will have to charge the participants Rs. 300/- per person.
  • The participants will need to get their own laptops and Internet connection for the session.
  • The registration fees can be paid in cash at the time of the pre-conf. For registration send a mail to mak@technowrites.com and ask for a registration ID. Seats are limited. So hurry!
  • Every participant is encouraged to send a separate mail for registration

Adobe Connect Details

Name: Don Day’s Webinar
Seminar Room: Don Day’s Webinar ( 200 )
Seminar License Name: Seminar License # 952076441
URL: http://meet11951626.adobeconnect.com/r94zd63dn2k/

Summary
Don Day’s Webinar
Start Time: 09/28/2013 8:00 PM
Duration: 02:00
Time Zone: (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada); Tijuana
Number of expected users: Regular Seminar Session (Up to 200 participants)

Conference bridge details
The access numbers are:

  • Mumbai (+91) 22 39804444
  • Bangalore (+91) 80 67224444
  • Delhi (+91) 11 66194444
  • Chennai (+91) 44 66894444
  • Hyderabad (+91) 40 66244444
  • Kolkata (+91) 33 66324444

Conference ID: 1701754
Conference PIN: 9353

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