It is rarely that a documentarian is brought in at the beginning of a company or project. More commonly, we are called in sometime just before or sometimes slightly after a project is released. We need to hit the ground running, maximize our value, and deliver something before the product is rejected for being undocumented. Join me for a discussion of my techniques and stress-tested questions for how to get minimum viable documentation out of a motley collection of gists, outdated specs, and time-crunched developers. See some immediately-applicable techniques for getting good-enough documentation out the door. My specialty as a technical writer is establishing a minimum viable documentation set, establishing tools and procedures, and training in a less battle-hardened writer to take over.
5th–6th May 2014