TCUK 2015 conference in brief – #tcuk15

CJ Walker at TCUK15I’m fresh back from attending Technical Communication UK 2015 in Glasgow in bonny Scotland, where I met lots of great techcomm professionals and learned from the experts at some of the 30+ presentations and workshops.

TCUK is a fun event on the content calendar with lots of networking opportunities, which is great for Firehead, and a feast of fine dining, which as anyone who knows me knows is a surefire way to my heart. 

We were there partly because we have more than 50 years’ combined experience in technical communication but, also, as recruiters in the field of digital communications, we need to keep up with market trends, skills and talent. So where better than the biggest techcomm conference in the UK calendar and the ISTC’s annual conference for everyone involved in writing, editing, illustrating, delivering and publishing technical information.

This year the conference theme was: Breaking the Boundaries of Technical Communication – reflecting the evolving nature of the field. We were there to challenge assumptions and look at new ways in which we can meet the needs of users. Below we’ll be hunting out and posting links on the event. The conference has only just finished so we will update this in the next month as more content comes in.

Multimedia and reviews

Let’s start with my own Storify posts documenting each day and some of the sessions at #TCUK15:

You can also see what TCUK is about through Ellis Pratt of Cherryleaf, our UK training partner, who has posted a number of video clips from the event. You may even spot a certain Firehead in some of them… Ellis has also posted his Reflections on the TCUK 2015 conference.

Technical Communication UK, which organises the event, has also posted a Flickr gallery of images looking back at this year’s conference.

Technically Write it (TWi) have listed five techcomm topics they’ve have been thinking about since the event.

And Armada has produced a Top Tweets from Technical Communication UK 2015 to represent how the techcomm industry is constantly adapting and evolving.

Survey results

TechComm Today: Survey Findings
The results of a TCUK event survey exploring the qualifications, skills, knowledge, and experience techcomm practitioners bring to and use in their roles, including industries served, tasks, outputs and audiences, markup and programming languages used and more.

Awards

Winners of ‘UK Technical Communication Awards’ 2015
List of winners of the ISTC’s techcomm’s ‘Oscars’, presented at TCUK’s conference gala dinner in Glasgow.

TCUK 2015 presentations

Technical communicators: breaking boundaries and driving change – keynote from Andrea Ames
Andrea presents her “top 10” ways technical communicators can work to drive change and break boundaries.

Content Experience Leadership: Transforming Your Organization for Content Excellence
Andrea Ames’ workshop exploring a content ecosystem and the critical factors that can enable teams to design and deliver high-value content, communicate that to the business or client, and measure the impact.

Keep it lean: TCUK 2015 – Mattias Sander
Mattias reviews how to work smarter and apply some practical methods from Lean Manufacturing in the world of Technical Communication.

Building a DITA pilot project
Presentation and write-up from Magda Caloian’s workshop.

Liberating Tech Comm: How moving to agile empowers technical authors (case study)
George Lewis’s case study on how doc-department applied the lessons of content strategy, agile writing and DITA to address common issues in technical writing and, in the process, created a complete product information platform that enables the company to deliver content to many areas of a business within the constraints of an agile development cycle.

The Getting Things Done workshop at TCUK15
Karen Mardahl and John Kearney help their techcomm peers ‘get things done’, plus general productivity tips.

Further links

For more links, check out the official Twitter: @TCUK_conf and the hashtag: #TCUK15

The event is also being archived on Eventifier: TCUK 2015.

Image of Firehead at TCUK15 (CC): Technical Communication UK/Flickr

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