Re: Documentation Process

Subject: Re: Documentation Process
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 08:41:30 -0500

Documentation process is like slinging hash. Everybody's recipe is a little different; some people skip some steps; others add a few.

Yes, much of what we do is automatic, integrated and not parceled out as discrete subprocesses.

Much of Hackos stuff relates to "in-a-perfect-world" environment, where you have the luxury of time, ample schedules, cooperative SMEs, and unending budget to perform task analysis and such. Hackos's information is very useful, but its utility for me is in extracting separate blocks of processes, not processes in their entirety.

You just can't walk in to work with a copy of "Managing Your Documentation Projects" in your hand and think you've solved your organization's information development problems. "MYDP" is more a book of ideals that are great to shoot for if you can wrangle them.

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