Stretch goal: Increase your project management agility

You have a vision to deliver projects that meet your customer’s needs on time and on budget. But after meticulously taking two weeks to develop a detailed project plan, you find it becomes inaccurate and irrelevant in less than 48 hours. Real life has kicked in, and you feel inadequate and ineffective as a manager. In an industry known for being late and over budget to produce something that wasn’t quite what the customer needed in the first place, you are searching for a better way to manage projects. Enter Agile–is it the methodology you’ve been looking for or just another fad that only works for other departments or other companies?

In this workshop, experience first-hand what it takes to be agile in information development. Stretch your mental model of how a documentation project should be run as you learn to value

  • Individuals and interactions over tools and processes
  • Users who can get their tasks done over comprehensive documentation
  • User feedback and collaboration over regimented content outlines and style standards
  • Responding to change over following a plan

What can the audience expect to learn?

In this interactive session, participants apply agile methodology to a small, documentation project in three-sprints. Through this workshop, you gain hands-on experience in

  • Estimating the work required for each user story
  • Prioritizing and schedule work into sprints
  • Managing a sprint backlog
  • Conducting a sprint
  • Iterating content with each sprint

Meet the presenter

Dawn Stevens

Dawn Stevens is Vice President of Operations and partner at Comtech Services and Associate Director of the Center for Information-Development Management. With over 25 years of experience, including 15 years at Comtech, Dawn has practical experience in virtually every role within a documentation and training department, including project management, instructional design, writing, editing, and multimedia programming. With both engineering and technical communication degrees, Dawn combines a solid technical foundation with strong writing and design skills to identify and remove the challenges her clients face in producing usable, technical information and training.

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