Here is early access to the latest episode on the Cherryleaf Podcast – Interview with Anne Gentle, author of Docs Like Code and Product Manager at Cisco. It will be published on the podcast channel on Monday.
Below is an interview with David Farbey of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, where we discuss training, accreditation and CPD in technical communication.
Becoming a technical communicator is different from becoming a lawyer, doctor, developer or an accountant in that, in the UK, there is no standard career path from school. How does that affect the profession and starting a career?
What training, if any, do you need to be a technical communicator?
The ISTC’s Professional Development and Recognition
Certifying technical communicators
The ISTC certified courses
What does a undergraduate or post-graduate course offer someone?
Where does CPD fit into this?
What are we likely to see in the future with regards to training and certification?
From the Cherryleaf podcast: The UK Parliament is one of the oldest organisations in the world. So how do you deliver a strategy to a body that has over 700 years of content? Cherryleaf’s Ellis Pratt interviewed Rosie Hatton, Strategy Digital Lead at the Parliamentary Digital Service, to find out.
What is Parliament? 1’56”
The content Parliament creates. 3’38”
What is the PDS? 5’08”
The I AM PARLIAMENT programme. 9’00”
The PDS’s digital strategy framework, its assumptions and principles. 10’18”
Having an open and agile digital culture in a traditional organisation. 13’08
Working in a continuous interative process. 20’45”
Sharing ideas with the Government Digital Service. 25’24”
Where does the PDS’s content strategy fit within its digital strategy? 28’22”
Tracking the impact of changes to laws on other laws. 37’01”
The similarities between PDS and Open Source software projects. 41’55”
It was fun and challenging, going through the questions.
ContentHug’s Vinish Garg is interviewing a number of consultants involved in technical communication and content strategy, and asking them essentially the same questions. By reading the interviews, you can see where there are areas of agreement and where there are a variety of opinions. In general, there is a fair bit of consensus. They are worth reading.