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Lightweight Documentation: An Agile Approach

Join us for a discussion on Lightweight Documentation: An Agile approach by Stephen Ritchie.

Does your team believe, "We're agile we don't have to document anymore"? Do any agile teams actually write documentation? Why should teams create documents anyway? 

Of course, in of themselves, documents cannot mitigate risk or validate assumptions. And no amount of documentation, lightweight or comprehensive, is a measure of real progress on software projects. However, no documentation doesn't work either. There must be a sensible balance.

Lightweight documentation is the simplest document necessary to facilitate a shared understanding today or for the future. Come learn why people document and the relationship between documentation and project success. Learn the critical points regarding the audience, purpose, and value of documentation. Learn techniques to help the team focus on the necessary and sufficient documentation that is consistent with the values and principles of agile software development.

Stephen Ritchie is the author of Pro .NET Best Practices (http://www.apress.com/9781430240235 ) and the organizer of the DC ALT .NET group (http://www.meetup.com/dcaltnet ). He has been writing software professionally for over 20 years. Stephen works as a Scrum Master, Agile coach, and software development consultant at Excella Consulting in the Washington, D.C. area. His passion for following best practices has taught him to appreciate the value of experience, practical know-how, and continuous learning. Stephen is the .NET Specialty Area Lead at Excella Consulting. He works with project teams to facilitate and grow using new and better practices that are grounded in sound values and principles.

When: August 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm (See Agenda Below)

Where: Excella Consulting, Ground floor conference room, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22201

Cost: Free thanks to our sponsors

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Thank you to our main sponsor Excella Consulting for hosting our meetings and providing pizza and refreshments.

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Agenda:


6:00 – 6:30 Arrive, mingle, pizza, network and setup

6:30 – 8:00 Discussion/Game/Workshop

8:00 – 8:30 Q&A and wrap-up

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We meet monthly. So if you can't make it this month, hopefully we'll see you at the next meetup. Also, if you have an idea, game, workshop, or story to share with the group, then please contact the organizer to setup a presentation for a future meeting.

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  • john j.

    I believe, this was good information that got us up to a point of understanding Lean!

    August 23, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Link from Stephen's slide deck on Agile/Lean Documentation: Strategies for Agile Software Development, Scott W. Ambler http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/agileDocumentation.htm

    1 · August 19, 2014

    • Stephen R.

      This site is a series of essays on the topic that are very well hyper-linked. Here is where I've learned the most about lightweight documentation for agile (or any) projects.

      August 19, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Link from Stephen's slide deck on Agile Technical Documentation, Jean-Luc Mazet, http://writersua.com/articles/Agile_doc/

    August 19, 2014

    • Stephen R.

      This article is a little more focused on writing content that's relevant to an agile development effort.

      August 19, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Link from Stephen's slide deck on Writing User Documentation in an Agile Development Environment, Anne Gentle, http://justwriteclick.com/2007/07/02/writing-end-user-documentation-in-an-agile-development-environment

    1 · August 19, 2014

    • Stephen R.

      This is a good article for technical writers who are writing documents alongside an agile development effort.

      August 19, 2014

  • Sharda

    Thank you I got the presentation slides!

    August 19, 2014

  • Sharda

    It is very useful information for me. How I can get the presentation slide. Thank you for this platform

    August 19, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Slides from the presentation on "Lightweight Documentation".

    http://www.slideshare.net/ruthlesshelp/lightweight-docs-20140818

    August 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting take on project documentation. Unfortunately too many people see the documentation as an end in itself rather than a tool to ensure a quality product that is deliverable, maintainable and sustainable. Agile's lightweight approach appears to be a more reasoned approach.

    August 19, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Thank you all for coming out last night and participating! I will post the presentation soon. Stephen mentioned the book "Specification by Example" and here is a link to the book. http://amzn.com/1617290084

    2 · August 19, 2014

  • Douglas B.

    Excellent discussions on the purpose of various aspects of documentation.

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I can't make it tonite will there be a handout for this presentation ? I am looking for information and potential instructor led courses for Scrum.

    August 18, 2014

    • Brian S.

      Hi Mercedes, sorry you can't make it. I will check with Stephen and see if he is okay with sharing.

      August 18, 2014

  • Ashley C.

    Hi! I just joined the group today, and won't be able to make it tonight. However, I am a recruiter and I am looking for a SCRUM master. I will try not to be one of those recruiters :) but if anyone is looking please let me know. [masked]. Have fun tonight!

    1 · August 18, 2014

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