Tracks and Topic Ideas

The showcase for
Technical Communication

Whether you’re just starting out in the profession or are an experienced practitioner or educator, the STC Summit will help you focus on tech comm practices, tools, and techniques that will help ensure your future success.

Talks will focus on one of the following areas: Content Design and Delivery; Tools and Technologies; and Management, Leadership, and Career Development. For the types and levels of sessions offered, see Session Types and Audience Experience Levels.

Content Design and Delivery

Track Manager: Aiessa Moyna

Sessions targeted at technical communication professionals, students, and educators, encompassing the creation, design, refinement and delivery of content, regardless of medium or purpose.

Potential topics include:

  • Content strategy
  • Writing and editing
  • Visual design and layout; illustration, graphics and photography
  • Video/film production
  • Podcasting/audio production
  • Usability and user experience
  • Web/mobile/digital design
  • Translation, internationalization and localization
  • Style guides
  • Plain language
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Indexing
  • eLearning scripts, storyboards, and voiceovers
  • Online training platforms and learning management systems (LMSs)
  • Using traditional classroom materials in online classes
  • Results of academic research on topics in this track

Tools and Technologies

Track Manager: Jane Wilson

What puts the “technical into “technical communication”? How will technical communication develop in the future? Presentations and demonstrations will include a discuss of innovative tools and technologies that you use to develop or improve your information deliverables, as well as techniques and approaches for working with and documenting new technologies.

Potential topics include:

  • Developing innovative methods of content delivery
  • Writing for a technical audience
  • Using analytics to make content decisions
  • Improving SEO to make content more findable for your audience
  • Delivering API documentation
  • Using structured authoring, markup languages, DITA, Markdown
  • Integrating documentation into development workflows (docs as code)
  • Adapting content to chatbots and voice applications
  • Documenting “smart” objects and workflows
  • Demonstrations of tools that you find invaluable in your work
  • Results of academic research on topics in this track

Management, Leadership, and Career Development

Track Manager: Cindy Currie

Sessions targeted at project delivery professionals working the spectrum of approaches – from predictive (or waterfall) to cutting-edge Agile methodologies; those in or wanting to move into people management and other leadership roles; and ways to set personal career goals and create a plan that you can achieve.

Potential topics include:

  • Emerging trends and practices in management and leadership
  • Nuts and bolts of managing projects (all types!)
  • Advanced project-management techniques (traditional and Agile)
  • Agile project management – how it differs from traditional project management and the role of the Agile Project Manager
  • Transitioning to working in an Agile environment – how-to case studies, how work is different, and how you managed the change for yourself, your team, or your organization
  • Breaking into people management and changing or expanding your career – how-to case studies
  • Ways to be a better people manager – how-to case studies, people-management tips, the manager’s role in professional development; your role as a manager/leader
  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Innovation leadership
  • Leading teams and team building
  • Teamwork and collaboration, including collaborative processes and tools
  • Personal career planning and management
  • Industry certifications – what you could pursue to help achieve your career goals
  • Workplace issues and trends, such as diversity, inclusive culture, gender balance, equity, and unconscious bias
  • Results of academic research on topics in this track

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