Jang F.M. Graat

Faster than Agile: Replacing the Publishing Process With Live Content

This presentation aims to reset your minds when it comes to publishing large bodies of content. Instead of simply following the examples of agile development from our software departments, there may be opportunities to do away with scrum masters, sprints and automated builds. We will investigate the differences between software and content and see what agile, or faster than agile, opportunities can be derived from revisiting our most basic preconceptions about publishing. The presentation includes a live demo, a proof of concept that live documents can be created and maintained with a fraction of the work involved in old-fashioned publication cycles. The demo even includes in-browser targeted reviewing by subject matter experts and versioning on the server.

In this session you will learn:

  • that information is not software
  • that on-demand publishing is much more effective
  • that expensive content management systems are not always required
  • how structured content can be accessed by human and non-human readers alike
  • that effective technical information is alive (and kicking)


Jang F.M. Graat, Chief Technologist at The Content Era, studied physics, psychology, and philosophy before embarking on a fast-track career in the high-tech computer business. He has almost 30 years’ experience in all aspects of technical information as an author, trainer, consultant, and information architect. Known for his excellent presentation skills and revolutionary ideas, Jang’s nickname is “the Geek Philosopher.” He lives in Amsterdam with his princess, two cats, and a bunch of musical instruments.