There are different types of project management process, and technical writers can also work in an agile team. In this post, I’ll tell you what’s it’s like to be an agile technical writer, so you can get prepared if you’re going to work in such a team.
You’ll learn new stuff
Technical writers always learn something new but in agile software development, you never stop learning. Agile software development requires writing specific documentation like API documentation. So, you’ll have to learn what API is, the working methods of developers, how they gather information, understanding the basics of their working environment, and their specific tools. It meant finding a suitable documentation tool and platform, and how to deal with these. In this regard, you’ll work not only with developers but also with UX writers and designers to understand tiny bits and pieces of your different product, and to put yourself into yet another user’s perspective
You’ll be asked not only to write documentation but also to take the part in discussions about processes, a blog post to be written, wording for new features to be provided, localization issues and the like.
Be prepared for quick changes
In agile development, your documentation might be already outdated just in a week. That’s why you need a tool that will allow you to update necessary topics or publish the new ones without updating the whole documentation if it’s not necessary. In this case, I recommend that you have a look at how this feature works in ClickHelp — a help authoring tool: Agile Technical Writing
You should be proactive
According to the above points, you should be proactive. As you can see, agile technical writers don’t only write but also take part in various activities. Moreover, they write different types of content from tech documentation to blog posts, so you should be prepared.
More info on agile technical writing you can find in this article: Agile Technical Writing Basics.