Re: Planning & time mgmnt for a techwriter

Subject: Re: Planning & time mgmnt for a techwriter
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 15:27:00 -0500

John Cornellier wrote:
>
> I'm trying to work out how much time I can allocate to my various techwriting
> projects in 2002.
>
> So I'm working on a formula as follows:
> The number of working days left in the year
> minus my holidays
> minus 20 per cent for ...
>
> You get the idea. ... What do the personnel textbooks say?

One rule of thumb I know was used in some personnel dep'ts (Canadian gov't
some years ago) was 220 working days a year for the average employee. 52
weeks - annual vacation = 49 weeks or 245 days. Knock off the statutory
holidays, allow for illness, etc. and you're at 220.

This does not account for things like bugfixing, training, admin, ...

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