RE: The Technical Writer vs. Agile Development Methodologies

Subject: RE: The Technical Writer vs. Agile Development Methodologies
From: Collin T <tutivillus -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 07:25:41 -0700

Hello everyone!

I was hired by my current employer to specifically document in an
Agile environment. A pretty new jump for me...even though many
previous projects had a leg in the Agile world.

I can say that it is a pretty simple switch. I get "modules" to
document and then compile them to a greater whole once the project
nears completion.

As far as the need for documentation goes? I was a specific need in
the company's evolution. I've had to (and am still working to) train
the company on what a Technical Writer does and how they work, but
all-in-all, I enjoy the Agile philosophy.

The development team is even going more "Extreme" it should be
interesting. I translate this as having more involvement in the
iteration process. I also plan on being involved from the first Spec
Doc to the final product.

So to all who are curious, hesitant or a bit intimidated by the Agile
world? Don't sweat it! It's actually a preferable method. It breaks
down the documents into more manageable chunks and gives you a lot
more flexibility.

-Collin Turner
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