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Models for personal growth: career progression for tech writers

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What does growth look like?

It can be hard to work out what it means for us to improve as technical writers, and what growing and developing professionally looks like. Often, unlike other roles, there aren’t formal or well-defined career paths for us; this can be compounded by the fact that there usually aren’t many of us in an organisation.

In this session, I’ll talk about two approaches that I’ve encountered to technical writing career development: an approach based on skills, and an approach based on impact. I’ll talk about what those look like and how to use them to put together a plan for growth, including concrete examples. Both approaches have problems and advantages, so I’ll also talk about that, and the ways they’ve worked for me and the ways they haven’t.

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Models for personal growth: career progression for tech writers

  1. 1. Models for personal growth: career progression for tech writers Beth Aitman | @baitman lead tech writer at @improbableio
  2. 2. The problem: how do I progress? @baitman intro - skills - impact - end
  3. 3. skills-based growth impact-based growth @baitman intro - skills - impact - end
  4. 4. skills-based growth impact-based growth @baitman intro - skills - impact - end
  5. 5. Skills-based growth @baitman - Progression means: - Improving existing skills - Learning new ones - Identify the core and marginal skills intro - skills - impact - end
  6. 6. @baitman www.red-gate.com/wp- content/uploads/2014/02/Tec hnical-
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  8. 8. Creating a personal development plan @baitman 1. Take the core skills, and others you think are relevant to you 2. Rate your existing skill level, out of ten 3. Choose which ones you care about improving 4. Find some concrete things to do intro - skills - impact - end
  9. 9. Concrete stuff to do @baitman - Over the next <time period> I will have <done/improved at/tried/learned> - Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound intro - skills - impact - end
  10. 10. Mastery @baitman - Your work takes less review - You’re quicker - You find other/more interesting ways to do something - People come to you for advice - Someone you consider a master assesses you intro - skills - impact - end
  11. 11. Mastery @baitman - Your work takes less review - You’re quicker - You find other/more interesting ways to do something - People come to you for advice - Someone you consider a master assesses you intro - skills - impact - end
  12. 12. The skills-based model @baitman intro - skills - impact - end
  13. 13. Impact-based growth @baitman - Look at your career progression based on results - Example levels: - Helping a small number of people - Helping a larger number of people - Enabling colleagues to help lots of people intro - skills - impact - end
  14. 14. Planning using impact-based growth @baitman - “What problems are you interested in solving?” - “Where do you think you can make a difference?” intro - skills - impact - end
  15. 15. Planning using impact-based growth @baitman - “What problems are you interested in solving?” - “Where do you think you can make a difference?” intro - skills - impact - end
  16. 16. How to choose problems @baitman 1. What problems do you know about? 2. Do you know how to solve (or how to approach solving)? 3. Do you have the skills? Can you learn them? 4. Are you allowed to? 5. What’s the impact? intro - skills - impact - end
  17. 17. How to choose problems @baitman 1. What problems do you know about? 2. Do you know how to solve (or how to approach solving)? 3. Do you have the skills? Can you learn them? 4. Are you allowed to? 5. What’s the impact? intro - skills - impact - end
  18. 18. Having more impact @baitman - Helping colleagues - Working on big user problems (lots of user base, core workflows, really bad right now) - Working across multiple teams or systems - Spotting problems and improving processes - Contributing to better decision-making or design - Helping the org’s future (eg hiring) intro - skills - impact - end
  19. 19. Actually making progress @baitman - Make a plan (from skills or impact or both) - Review the plan regularly - Take opportunities! intro - skills - impact - end
  20. 20. Thanks for listening! @baitman

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