Peer Reviewing Suggestions

Subject: Peer Reviewing Suggestions
From: Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- nocpulse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 10:13:09 -0800


I've discovered a way to get results through peer editing. I used to email
sections of my doc out to people and little or no response. The response I
did get was vague at most. So here is what I did to get better results.

* Print out the doc you want edited.
* Create and print a cover sheet with the names of the people who will
be editing and provide a space for them to initial when they are done. We
called this a chop chain in the Navy.
* Ask each to make edits in a different color. To make it easy for my
co-workers, I attached a zip lock bag with enough colored pencils so that
each one is different.
* Provide some guidelines around what type of editing you want and
what the marks are that you want them to use.
* Give them a deadline and pass out the docs.

So far this has worked very well for getting feedback and accountability for
who is making what suggestions.


C. Wade Courtney
Technical Writer
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