Re: "baseline"

Subject: Re: "baseline"
From: Steven Brown <stevenabrown -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 07:29:41 -0800 (PST)


When I hear ?baseline,? I start looking for my
baseball bat, glove, and Cracker Jacks!

?Baseline" is jargon and usually refers to a standard
or to a first version of something. It should be
replaced with a more precise word.

BAD: "When a project is baselined, both the schedule
and the cost are baselined."

BETTER: "When a project is estimated, its schedule and
cost are set."

EVEN BETTER: "Project planning requires you to
establish a schedule and budget. If more time or money
is available, provide the thresholds in an appendix."

BAD: "The user can save many baselined versions."

BETTER: "Users can save the first iteration of each
version they create."

BAD: ?Our QA department is going to establish a
baseline for system performance.?

BETTER: ?Our QA department establishes minimum
performance standards for the system.?

Hope this helps,
Steven Brown
Senior Technical Writer

P.S. BTW, nothing is "inconsequential" when it comes
to word choice.

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