Single-sourcing... Again...

Subject: Single-sourcing... Again...
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 23:29:19 -0400

::: >Are you kidding? Single sourcing saves, at a minimum, 40
::: hours of work
::: >per project. Single sourcing lets you jam out projects
::: more quickly and
::: >accuratly than multi-sourcing. Single sourcing is quite
::: different than
::: >font fondling, single sourcing relies on structured
::: content, something I
::: >expected you to appreciate. You are missing the boat
::: big-time on that.
::: A single sourcing system must be set-up, managed,
::: maintained, and administrated.
::: All of which requires time. While the unit time of a given
::: project may decrease,
::: your overall time working may increase in the amount of
::: time it takes to setup
::: and build a working system.
::: Clearly if an employee can find a way to do their job
::: better and reduce the
::: amount of REAL time it takes to do their work, that is
::: always a good thing. But
::: the employee must remember that just because something
::: holds the promise of time
::: savings, doesn't mean it actually will save time or
::: increase quality.

As with anything, you get out of it what you put into it. True, you need
to invest time and effort up front to set up the process. What you aim
for is the ROI, not immediate satisfaction. So yes, pull your overtime
setting it up and nailing the process down, and then (if it's working
right and you thought it out well) reap the benefits of reuse with
minimal rework. Of course single-sourcing isn't for everyone, but for
those it suits, it can be a big success if done right.

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