RE: Responsibility

Subject: RE: Responsibility
From: "Darren Barefoot" <darren -at- darrenbarefoot -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 12:48:38 -0700

What you're talking about here is butt coverage. And I ain't talking
about capri pants. When I send out a document to development for review
(and I endeavour to ensure there's time in the development schedule for
reviewing docs), I include a disclaimer, which reads something like

Please review the following document for technical accuracy and send
your comments to us by <date x>. If you cannot review this document by
<date x>, please notify us as soon as possible. If we don't hear from
you by <date x>, the document will be assumed to be 100% accurate as is.

This tends to emphasize to reviewers whose court the responsibility ball
sits in. Cheers. DB.

-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-124377 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-124377 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of John
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:39 PM
Subject: Responsibility

As background, here's how the division of responsibility works. I'm
responsible for asking the right questions (the way my manager defines
it: "Reading the developers' minds" and I'm responsible for making sure
the information is presented in the right form for it's purpose and

OTOH, the developers are responsible for making sure that their answers
are accurate and for letting me know when they've made a change to
something that has already been documented.


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