Wabi-Sabi Writing


Agile development environments bring increased versions, more due dates, and the accompanying headaches that go with publishing more frequently. And yet, writers must still maintain an emphasis on helping readers with the best documentation we can produce. So, how do we focus on producing documentation that is perfect, permanent, and complete?

We don't.

The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi refers to an appreciation of the beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. These are qualities of Agile documentation. And they're beautiful. No, really. They are. This talk will detail my journey to let go (meh, for the most part) of the need for technical communication perfection. I will also offer tips for my fellow control freaks.