Date(s) - 29/04/2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
The India chapter of Society for Technical Communication (STC) is organizing its First One-day Regional Conference for the year 2017 on 29 April (Saturday).
Exclusive Sponsor (Venue and Speaker Gifts)
HCL Technologies, Chennai
Bluedots Consultancy, Bangalore
HCL Technologies, Chennai
Address: Sterling Technopolis (Arihant), 4/293, Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR), Kandanchavadi, Chennai – 600 096,
Landmark: Opposite to MAX showroom
09.15 am – 09.30 am – Inauguration
09.30 am – 10.15 am – Video Tutorials – Kamalakannan
10.15 am – 11.00 am – How to Transition from Technical Writing to e-Learning – Anita Kumar
11.00 am – 11.30 am – Networking Break
11.30 am – 12.15 pm – Peer Review in Pairs – Swaroop Mandapaka
12.15 pm – 01.00 pm – Let’s Kanbanize The Way We Deliver Documentation – Subhajit Sengupta
01.00 pm – 01.15 pm – Group Picture
01.15 pm – 02.15 pm – Lunch Break
02.15 pm – 03.00 pm – Creating Interactive Demo or simulators using Adobe Captivate – Lisija
03.00 pm – 03.45 pm – Effective strategies: Train the trainer – Rajdeep Gupta
03.45 pm – 04.15 pm – Networking Break
04.15 pm – 05.00 pm – Writing for Hardware – A hard nut to crack!!!? – Kiranmayee
05.00 pm – 05.45 pm – Necessary transformation of Technical Writers – Vineela
05.45 pm – 06.00 pm – Closure
About the Sponsors
About the Venue and Speaker Gifts 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.
About the Travel Sponsor
Blue Dots Consultancy Services is one of the agile and just-in-time Consulting, Training and Staffing solutions in Bengaluru that create innovative solutions for solving critical business problems faced by the Information Technology industry. Coupled with exceptional customer-centric mindset and the hunger to create success for the eco system, Blue Dots believes that it can create disruption in the industry and create its niche.
Hardly a few years into operations, Blue Dots has already trained, placed a good number of successful trainees in organization and delivered a good number of successful projects and is in discussion with a few large customers. Blue Dots is pleased to train students who are doing exceptionally well in their respective fields. Contact Blue Dots Consultancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Sessions and Speakers
Video tutorials are created for demos of products and as training materials. They provide a quick overview of the tasks and help the user to get up to speed on the product. There are several tools that are used to create video tutorials such as Captivate and Camtasia. This presentation will focus on Camtasia.
Kamal has over 15 years of experience in content creation which includes technical writing, instructional design, and marketing support documents. Besides, Kamal has trained few batches of students on technical writing courses. He is currently based out of Chennai and works as a freelance consultant.
How to Transition from Technical Writing to e-Learning
Technical writing and instructional design overlap in more ways than one. Both involve interacting with SMEs to understand the topic, analyzing requirements, deconstructing complex concepts into simpler ones and most importantly writing lucidly. So what does it take for a technical writer to crossover to instructional design? What are the steps for creating effective e-learning? What is an e-learning storyboard and how do you write one? This session attempts to give you practical answers to these questions and more.
Anita Kumar is a freelance instructional designer who specializes in corporate e-learning. She began her career as a software engineer in 2003, but later found her vocation in instructional design in 2012. For the past three years, she has been consulting for various clients, including e-learning leaders such as Tata Interactive Systems and NIIT. She’s fascinated by visual design and is always trying to learn more about typography, color theory and other visual design elements. To know more about her, you may visit elearninganddesign.wordpress.com
Peer Review in Pairs
As Information Engineers or Information Developers, it is seldom being observed that much of our time is spent on reviewing what is already written rather than writing what is required. This is, even more, the case as we move closer to several milestones in our product life-cycle. One way to reduce the time taken to review our documents is to have a synchronized review process and make it much adaptable and flexible to the Agile Documentation standards.
This session talks about how can one come up with a better review process and deliver all the required documents within the same sprint and be good with all the stipulated deadlines come release time.
Padma Swaroop Mandapaka is an Information Engineer with over five years of experience in technical writing and content development field. He holds an Engineering Degree in Information Technology from Vishwanadha Institute of Technology, Visakhapatnam, a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Computer Science from University of Leicester, U.K, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from University of Madurai. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certified professional. He is currently working as an Information Engineer with NCR Corporation in Hyderabad. He has a good understanding of Agile Methodology in Documentation, and is keen to contributing in this regard.
He started his career as a Corporate Trainer in Robotics Education (STEM Concepts) with ThinkLABS Technosolutions, Mumbai. He has taught and conducted workshops in Robotics Education to over five-hundred teachers in schools across India on the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at school level. He has also taught to more than two-hundred students in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His passion towards content development, and content evolvement drew him to focus completely on Technical Writing and Information Engineering. He has been the Volunteer for STC Hyderabad Chapter, and he is the Conference Volunteer for 18th STC India Annual Conference 2016 in Hyderabad. He is serving as a Membership Manager for the STC India Chapter.
Let’s Kanbanize The Way We Deliver Documentation
- Are you grappled with any of the following challenges while managing your documentation delivery:
- Poor visibility of task/work item being done or the process being followed
- Long lead/cycle time and poor visibility of dependence contributing to the delayed time-to-publish
- Lack of predictability of completing work
- Work bottlenecks resulting from overloaded resources and lack or prioritization
- Poor throughput and efficiency of doc team
If your answer is YES, then it’s the right time to know how you can successfully implement Kanban in your documentation project.
In this session, Subhajit will not only explain to you what is kanban but also provide some best practices for implementing Kanban in your Documentation Development Life Cycle (DDLC).
With 17 years of experience in Technical Documentation, Project Management, Customer Engagement and Localization, and association with organizations like Digité, IBM, American Express, Xchanging, and Clarity, Subhajit possess experience and exposure into industries like IT, Telecom, BFSI, and others. Currently, as a Manager, Content and Training, Subhajit spearheads the content and communication and training initiatives at Digité. His interest lies in Lean-Agile/Kanban and its association with DDLC.
Creating Interactive Demo or simulators using Adobe Captivate
In this session, you can learn how to create simulators or interactive demo using Adobe Captivate.
Lisija is a Senior technical writer in HCL. She has 10+ years of industrial experience of which 7 years as technical writer. She is tech savvy and interested in learning new technologies in the field of technical writing. She has created documents for various domains such as networking, telecommunications, and so on.
Effective strategies: Train the trainer
This discussion focuses on what happens before, during, and after you deliver tech documentation training, and what to do if training is not the right solution. From a self-assessment to “Do’s and Don’ts for the Trainer” this talk throws light on some preparation for students and managing training challenges.
Rajdeep Gupta is the Managing Director of Blue Dots Consultancy Services. He is a former STC India President and a proud DCSA recipient. Over the past 10+ years, he has consulted for several firms with experience in tech writing, sales and business development,and usability. He has an MBA in information technology.
Writing for Hardware – A hard nut to crack!!!?
India is predominantly a software hub and writing for software products comes easy for many of us. Writing for hardware is easy too if we follow certain rules and regulations (set by various regulatory bodies). The fundamental technical writing principles are the same but lacking a clear understanding of an operation or procedure can lead to costly mistakes while writing. It is also important to note that the intended audience has technical knowledge of the hardware and are certified to operate such equipment thus safety, health, environmental compliance is very important when writing hardware documents. This session will be an introductory session to create an awareness of the process involved in creating hardware documents. It will cover guidelines (when to use warnings, caution, important etc), MRD, BOM, SOP, safety compliance regulations, types of documents, tracker (includes hardware asset tracking), importance of technical illustrations (eg. PRO-E, line drawings, 3D drawings).
Kiranmayee is a regular speaker at learning sessions in Chennai and is very passionate about knowledge sharing and continuous learning. She has 30 years of experience in the IT industry in the capacity of a faculty (teaching software languages), as a technical writer, and a manager. She is a recipient of numerous awards; both as a writer and speaker.
Necessary transformation of Technical Writers
Change is an inevitable reality of our lives. In our life, sometimes we anticipate change and sometimes try to handle change in our own ways. But when it comes to technology, change comes fast and before we realize new innovative technologies evolve. There are many companies and businesses which have been badly hit by the changing technology ecosystem.
Technical writing, which is integral part of Technology ecosystem has been continuously been challenged by the new innovations in product development. This change and evolution in new technologies has had a direct impact on the work and scope of technical writers.
- Are we ready to handle the Technology evolution?
- Are Technical Writers going to be obsolete?
- Are Technical writers equipped to handle the changing technology ecosystem?
Vineela is the Founder and CEO of The Tech Scribes
. She is also the COO of TechDiva, a social enterprise where they train young women, graduates, college dropouts from all sections of society in programming and coding. They work for the cause of empowering women in technology and bridging the gender gaps prevalent in Technology environment. She had the privilege of introducing Technical writing in Ethiraj College, GG Vaishnav college, Dr.MDR University, Madha University, and Vignan Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. She is a key coordinator in BNI (Business Network International) for Technical Documentation category and has been able to work with clients across continents. She is also active in Visionary Womens Circle, Women Entrepreneur Development Organization (WEDO), SIAWED (Southern Industrial Academy for Women Entrepreneur Development), Startup Leadership groups, Chennai Business Circle (CBC), and Women entrepreneurs India.
The session is FREE for both STC and non-STC India members.
STC India Chennai City Representative 2017