The Agile Writer Road Trip: How I Cruised to a Great Career
Come to Mel’s presentation to learn how Agile has made her more marketable and increased her job satisfaction!
Session Description: Buckle up, it’s a crash course on working as a tech writer on an Agile team, where everyone’s contribution is considered equal and team members can take on any role. Seven years ago, my company embraced (ok, dictated) a switch from the Waterfall Method of software development to an Agile/Scrum approach. I not only write docs, I test features, write up bugs, help design the user experience, edit string files to ensure UI text and error messages are clear and “error free,” and embed context-sensitive help directly in the software. Yes, the writer checks in code and breaks builds, join the club! To further my career, I passed my “road test” and became a Certified ScrumMaster. Despite the insanity of working in 2-week cycles where all code, testing, and docs must be DONE (i.e., shippable), Agile experience has made me more marketable and increased my job satisfaction. Hit the gas!
Mel Dedicke’s Biography:
Mel Dedicke earned an MS in Tech Comm from RPI in 1993. She’s worked as a tech writer in the Capital District for the past 25 years, starting out at General Electric then moving to financial services – KeyBank in the late 1990s (using dumb terminals) and Fleet in the early 2000s. Mel switched to the software industry in 2006 when she joined MapInfo (acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2007), eventually becoming an Agile practitioner and a Certified ScrumMaster.
Some STC Accomplishments:
- Mel’s been an STC member since 1994!
- She’s also held a variety of leadership roles in both the Rochester and former Mohawk chapters!
View more about the conference speaker line-up on the SCHED page
This year’s conference is held from Sunday, March 25 through Tuesday, March 27 at the Rochester Institute of Technology.