WTD Episode 27: Starting a doc group/process when you're the first

In episode 27 of the Write the Docs podcast, we're joined by Cynthia Ng and Amy Qualls from GitLab to talk about strategies for starting up docs in organizations where there aren't any other tech writers and where you're first on scene setting up shop. What are your first steps as a documentarian when there isn't anyone else, when processes, contacts, tools, and other systems aren't documented or described anywhere? When you're first on scene, docs might not even be your full-time job but rather a task that's on the side of your desk and which you have to bootstrap from ground zero.

Hosts for this show

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Amy Qualls

amyqualls.com/

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Cynthia Ng

about.me/cynthiang

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Jared Morgan

jaredleonmorgan.net

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Tom Johnson

idratherbewriting.com


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Transcript

For this episode we actually have a transcript auto-generated through some transcription tools. The following is verbatim from the transcription and not edited, so beware of that.