DITA for tiny teams: Myth vs. Reality

Our presentation outlines the use case for tiny documentation teams trying to decide when and how to take the leap to DITA. Many myths surround the idea of implementing DITA—myths about cost, project time, how to convince the powers-that-be, as well as how to manage expectations, adoption processes, and complexity. Before you jumpstart your adventure, let us bust some of these myths for you and give you some guidelines and mantras to learn by. Come to this session if you are trying to move to DITA but don’t really have the dedicated time, money, or resources.

What can the audience expect to learn?

If you work in a tiny team looking to start a DITA implementation, we will show you how it can be done on a low budget, with little time, few people resources, and minimal support (kind of like building a tiny house). Moving to DITA need not be an overwhelming, drawn-out affair that leaves you wanting to change careers. You will learn about an alternative way to look at a DITA project, how to approach the steps in moving into full-blown DITA use, and how to do all this as your second day job.

Meet the presenters

Janette Lynch has 26 years experience as a technical writer and holds a Master of Science in Technical Communication. Most of Janette’s experience has been working with international companies based outside the US, and she has a passion for localization and Plain English. Her first experience with DITA was with IBM in Rome. Now based in New England, Janette is focused on implementing the most effective documentation processes and, therefore, is working with the tiny team at Veracode to take the basic DITA implementation to another level. While not at work in Boston, Janette enjoys her home in Maine and being on her boat on the ocean.


Nat Tosh is a Technical Writer at Veracode with over five years DITA experience. With two DITA implementations under her belt, she has seen first-hand the endless possibilities that XML-based authoring offers. At Veracode, she completed her most-recent DITA conversion as a team of two, which required her to wear many hats (they all look good). She is passionate about the advantages and insights DITA provides, from continuous content delivery and data-driven enhancements to user advocacy.


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