West of Scotland Area Group

West of Scotland area group meeting 3 June 2014: meeting report

The June meeting was quieter than our recent meetings, with only a couple of attendees. Nevertheless, we had interesting discussions about topics such as the importance of effective product management in facilitating documentation work, the challenges involved in trying to produce meaningful documentation metrics and what it’s like to work in organisations where colleagues may be based in different countries or continents.

Summary by Katja McLaughlin

West of Scotland area group meeting 3 June 2014

The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting in Glasgow will take place on Tuesday 3 June 2014.  The event is free and open to all. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-communicators-meeting-in-glasgow-3-june-2014-tickets-11478238721 for details and to sign up.

You can also join our LinkedIn group, “West of Scotland Area Group” (a subgroup of the “Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators” group).

West of Scotland area group meeting 25 March 2014: meeting report

The West of Scotland area group gathered on Tuesday 25th March for a networking meeting at the Waxy O’Connor’s pub in Glasgow city centre. We were pleased to welcome a couple of new people to the group and the meeting had a total of seven attendees, making it a relatively busy meeting. One of the main topics of conversation was how to get into technical communication if you have no previous technical writing experience. We also discussed topics such as whether formal technical communication qualificiations are important and how technical communicators fit into organisational structures. Free copies of the latest issue of the Communicator were handed out too, which proved popular.

Summary by Katja McLaughlin

West of Scotland area group meeting 25 February 2014

The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting in Glasgow will take place on Tuesday 25 February 2014.  The event is free and open to all. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-communicators-meeting-in-glasgow-25-february-2014-tickets-10163795185 for details and to sign up.

You can also join our LinkedIn group, “West of Scotland Area Group” (a subgroup of the “Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators” group).

West of Scotland Area Group meeting 21 October 2013: meeting report

Four participants met at the scheduled venue (Waxy O’Connors pub at 44 West George Street, Glasgow) at 7.30 p.m. It was a ground breaking experience for me, as I work as a lone communicator in an engineering business, and don’t have any personal contact with other communicators on a daily basis. In fact this has been my first contact with other such professionals since I started working in my current position, 4.5 years ago.

The meeting was an informal gathering at which the two new attendees (myself and another, Anne) were able to introduce ourselves to the two stalwarts, Katja and Charles, and we were able to discuss our current employment circumstances, and Katja gave a short debrief of her attendance at the Technical Communication UK conference last month. Charles was also able to provide some valuable received wisdom identifying current trends in tech. pubs, although it is clear that it is a diverse profession, and there a many ways of working, tools to use and user interfaces. We also talked about the dearth of authorship training, for such a burgeoning profession. I really enjoyed attending the meeting and look forward to continuing the discussions at subsequent meetings, if my work commitments allow.

Graham Devlin FISTC