User documentation in Agile - Learning from the Lean Methodology

May 16, 2017

This is a recording from the Agile the Docs - all day mini-conference.

Exploring the tools, processes and challenges documentarians have in an agile development team. Sorry, the audio quality isn't great. 

5th December 2016, London UK

Speaker - Ellis Pratt, Cherryleaf

Video of the presentation

Copy of the slides 



Pilot episode - Writing at 240 words per minute - The Open Steno Project

May 3, 2017

This is a recording of a presentation made to the Richmond New Technology Meetup Group 2 May 2017. Being a pilot episode, the audio quality isn't perfect - sorry.

Steno technology has existed for about a century, and has been compatible with computers for over 30 years, but until now the technology necessary to write at 240 words per minute has been restricted to professional stenographers. The Open Steno Project seeks to bring free software, low-cost hardware, and interactive learning tools to everyone who wants to use steno for their personal or professional pursuits. Ellis Pratt will tell us about his experience of using this technology, and his trials and tribulations of learning steno as a hobby.


Meetup -


About the speaker:

Ellis Pratt is a Director at Cherryleaf, a technical writing services and training company based near London. He has over 20 years of experience working in the field of documentation, has a BA in Business Studies, and is an Associate of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Ellis is contributor to two books on technical communication. He is also on the management council for the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC). Ellis has been learning machine stenography, using the Plover open steno software. He also contributes to the Open Steno Project wiki.