How well does the Society for Technical Communication (STC) provide value for its members? For others who are studying or working in tech comm?
We had a lively conversation a few weeks ago on this blog. I’d like to move that conversation forward.
Today’s news stream brings an article by an Australian technical writer, Swapnil Ogale, titled The ASTC is failing us. In it, Swapnil shares an idea that might breathe new life into STC.
First, by way of background: ASTC is the Australian Society for Technical Communication. Despite the name it’s not part of STC. Like STC, however, it’s a membership organization that seeks to advance the profession through published articles, events and activities, and community building.
In his article, Swapnil airs some complaints about ASTC that might sound familiar to STC members:
- Not enough effort to attract and retain members
- Not enough communication from the society to the members
- Not enough workshops and events, especially for people who aren’t located near major cities
Then he makes a suggestion: Instead of relying on the traditional committee structure — a structure he calls “outdated and archaic” — the organization should adopt an agile methodology like software development teams use.
Agile, or “just-in-time development,” is a set of processes designed to make software teams more flexible and able to respond quickly to the needs of their customers. Agile teams produce frequent, small software updates rather than big roll-outs.
Here’s how agile could help STC. Continue reading