ChatGPT (Meeting Review)

The February 28, 2023 brown bag (Zoom) meeting hosted by the STC Rochester chapter included about 60 participants. How familiar were participants with ChatGPT? Only about two percent use ChatGPT all day every day. Most people just had some familiarity with the concept of ChatGPT and AI.

Someone noted concern about ChatGPT replacing technical writers. Someone else argued that with ChatGPT, the need for technical writers and effective content could increase.

Another idea discussed was how ChatGPT has no creative element. The technical writer does have this so this could give the technical writer an advantage. The technical writer can also provide accurate content while ChatGPT has no such check as ChatGPT just accepts if it is on the internet, it is true.

Critical analysis is an element a technical writer can provide. An evaluation of a good and reliable source is something a technical writer can provide. ChatGPT may not be able to provide this evaluation.

Another idea discussed is that ChatGPT could help technical writers do their jobs. It may be unlikely that ChatGPT will replace technical writers.

Writing for AI is something that a writer can address. The approach should be to make the writing helpful to humans – making the writing accurate, clear, and concise. 

Will machines replace humans? Most likely, the answer is yes – but only to an extent because the human element is too valuable. ChatGPT’s value could be in assisting writers doing research – to help save time.The meeting was a lively discussion of the intriguing ChatGPT technology and its potential effect on the technical writing field.

By Jeanette Evans (with an edit from Paulette Tiggs who also attended the session)








Jan 26 2023

Women in Agile


Creating Systems of Compassion with Charlotte Chang


Nicole D. and 3 others

Creating Systems of Compassion with Charlotte Chang


Look…the way we’re working isn’t working. At best, people act with chaotic complacency. At worst, they are punished for creative problem-solving and critical thinking. This results in burnout, anxiety, depression, apathy, helplessness, and hopelessness. In short, not for humans.


The path forward? Together, we can nudge towards a System of Compassion – a system that focuses on humanizing people, empathetic leadership, and work that matters. Doing awesome work requires accepting and executing in a business landscape that’s in constant flux. Customers and employees are evolving, and businesses aren’t keeping up. This requires strong, empathetic leadership that re-humanizes people. Future leaders need to amplify humanity, provide optionality, calibrate talent, and round out people’s needs. Being this kind of leader starts with you – your needs, your opportunities, and your compassion.


Louder, this time for the folks in the back…the way we’re working isn’t working!!! Our businesses, organizations, departments, teams, and people cannot innovate, adapt, or evolve. Today’s leadership and organizational norms limit peoples’ ability to make valuable contributions. But, we are at an inflection point where we each have a choice. The future holds promise.


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