Re: Creative Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Creative Technical Writing
From: Gene Kim-Eng <gene -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 10:08:11 -0700

I don't think I would call my plans "really detailed." I block out times for
initial definition of requirements, research, drafts, reviews/updates, printing,
etc., but I don't break things down any smaller than that. From my point
of view the most important things that planning does for me is to make my
requirements and commitments visible to others, particularly in the area of
reviewer turnaround time, and to reinforce in the minds of the developers
the fact that my documents have to go through various safety and compliance
reviews that their SW never seems to have to. I generally update my plan
on a weekly or semi-weekly basis. As for the last comment, if you don't have
an idea of where you expect to be at any given point, how can you ever tell
anyone that you're making progress?

Gene Kim-Eng

At 06:06 PM 4/10/2003 -0400, John Posada wrote:

So...the question. Does anyone start a project with a really detailed
project plan...every task accounted for? If so, what has your experience
been and what techniques did you employ to keep it in sync with what you are
doing on a daily basis.

BTW...I know there are going to be those who react to this emotionally.
"Plan? Plan? I don need no steeeenkin plan. I'm experienced and it will
stifle my creativity" That's fine. I expect it.

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