RE : Estimating

Subject: RE : Estimating
From: Elle <elle -at- world-net -dot- co -dot- nz>
To: "TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 17:06:38 +1300

Robert Heath wrote:
> The Pubs team to which I belong has been made responsible for taking a

> collection of docs from our engineers and assembling them into two
> complementary programmer's guides. We won't receive the docs until
Monday or
> so of next week and the guides are due on the 29th of this month.

In the mean time is there anyway you can bring sub-contracting staff
outside to help you meet this deadline.
Where was your company's production management and project co-ordination
at the
beginning. Co-ordinating the engineers efforts, your teams efforts and
other aspect of the operation.

> Our engineers typically write and structure their docs pretty poorly,
so I
> know there will be much effort involved in editing these. I know it is

> unrealistic However, our team does not currently use any means of
> the overall time needed for a project.

Why has there been no need for estimating your teams overall time
It sounds as if no-one at your company is planning the stages and time
involved in projects.

> think we desperately need some method of estimation for our future
> so we're not given more than we can handle.

I would say you also need to raise the question with your company's'
for the need of some form of production management or project
co-ordination to
oversee operations in the future.

> Thanks,
> Robert
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