What to ask guinea pigs

Subject: What to ask guinea pigs
From: "neha ." <snehasn -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 17:46:43 -0000

Just found out that the powers-that-be WANT to test out the user guide (which is still in progress) during an informal training session tomorrow.

I want to suggest an effective approach. ANY IDEAS? Here are some of mine, please let me know what you think:

1. Make the user guide the agenda for the training session. These are the topics we're going to cover... The instructor should ask himself whether the organization flows smoothly, are important topics covered, are we at the right level of detail, is content accurate, are participants' questions and concerns are covered in the book?, not covered in the book?

2. Before beginning, ask participants to write down as many questions as they can about the product, how to use it, troubleshooting, etc. Be as specific as they can. Then I can compile a list of common questions and make sure they are included in the guide (and maybe include it as an FAQ?).

3. After the session, ask participants what questions/concerns were not covered in the session and/or in the guide. Make sure these are added in the guide.

4. At the beginning of the session, ask participants to use the guide to find specific information about the product, and assess how easily they can get at the answers.

Do you think these exercises would work well?

Thanks for your time :)

Neha Sharad
Freelance Technical Writer
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