Teaching & Learning: Framing Documentation as a Training Tool
Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
We consider anything from API libraries to FAQs to be documentation. Documentation, at its core, is a teaching aid: We use it to learn what we didn't know before.
Documentation as training
Have you ever struggled to satisfy your audience when writing documentation? Do you have a hard time balancing between conceptual clarity and stepwise recipe? Join us in a discussion about 3 very different types of readers, each with her own specialized needs.
In this talk, the speaker will draw on lessons from research in the cognitive sciences, as well as over a decade of teaching experience to introduce the audience to 3 distinctly different types of documentation that will serve the needs of a diverse audience.
Lead Teacher & Facilitator, Dev Bootcamp SF
About the speaker
A graduate of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Sherif Abushadi has been designing and developing software professionally for over 15 years in the US, Canada and abroad. He has played a leading technical role for over 10 years as a co-founder, lead architect, consultant, corporate trainer and agile coach. In these roles, Sherif taught thousands of professionals across hundreds of companies how to solve complex business problems using software and executable documentation. His focus on teamwork, creativity and organizational learning has made an impact on several Fortune 100 companies including Verizon, Caterpillar and Nationwide Insurance as well as a number of government agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Departments of Labor, Education and Homeland Security.
When & Where
Write the Docs and Documentation Enthusiasts
We are people who care about making the reader experience awesome by delivering excellent documentation. We're writers, developers, designers, learning professionals, and documentation enthusiasts. Come to our meetup and strategize how to make documentation great, enjoy a beverage and refreshments, and meet fellow people who care about documentation in the Bay Area.