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Talk about "Better Stories, Better Technologies"

New Relic
111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2700
Portland, Oregon 97204, United States (map)
Public WiFi

Access Notes

Check in at the security desk to get access to the 27th floor. This usually isn't required for official events and meetups.

Go to the US Bank Office Building ("The Big Pink") Take the elevator to the 29th floor (Just below Portland City Grill).



Note: We'll give away one free 3-day pass to OSCON 2015, good July 22-24. Sign up when you arrive, and we'll raffle off the pass after the talk is complete!

If you attended the Write The Docs 2015 Conference, you know the importance of User Stories, and how they lead to more readable documentation.

On July 14 (Bastille Day!), Amelia Abreu will give us her take on the User Story, when she talks about:

  • Better Stories, Better Technologies:

Technologies all have stories behind them, some we hear, some we don’t. From the genesis of a product idea, to the way that technologists characterize their work, to documentation, to startup origin stories. Development frameworks operationalize stories as a way to build features. Documentation tells a story, and speaks to certain stories about our users.

How can documentarians think critically about the way that we tell stories? How do we confront times when some stories get told over others? How do we talk about our successes, and how do we not talk about our failures? Whose stories get heard: how do women, people of color, disabled people, and “non-technical” workers get left out of the stories we hear?

In this talk, I’ll explore some of the ways that stories and storytelling are used in building technologies. I’ll share what I’ve found in looking at stories in technology, and propose some practical solutions for telling better stories and using them in building products.