RE: Drafts Back in Time

Subject: RE: Drafts Back in Time
From: "Spreadbury, David C." <David -dot- Spreadbury -at- marconi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 10:14:51 -0400

Have you tried to set up a Review Meeting with your reviewers. We have done
this with positive results. You will require management signoff, yours and
theirs. Once you have the approval to go ahead, set aside a block of time
and a conference room. Send out invitations to those you would like to
attend, include their next level of management. Provide some type of gift,
company coffee cups?

-----Original Message-----
From: Stevenson, Rebecca [mailto:Rebecca -dot- Stevenson -at- workscape -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 8:36 AM
Subject: RE: Drafts Back in Time

This may be too obvious, but have you tried sitting down with your reviewers
over coffee and asking them--very nicely--*why* they can't get it done?

The fact that they're in a different building sets off alarm bells in my
mind. It's hard to work well with people you don't see all that often. Can
be done, but it takes more work.


>>> "Amber Young" <ayoung -at- pridemobility -dot- com> 05/29/03 08:17AM >>>

Do you all have any tips/tricks for getting your drafts back on time from
the (way too) many people who have to edit them? This is a real problem in
this company. It takes me maybe a week to write a manual and a month to get
it back from all the departments who need to sign off on it. SOP requires
that they have it no more than a week, but no matter how much I nag, beg,
threaten, offer to drive to their building to pick up the edits, or hold
their hands through the process, I almost never meet deadlines because of
them. I seriously think that these people (engineers, legal department,
project managers, and technical service personnel) think that reviewing
documents is nothing but a big pain in the a$$. My boss hasn't been very
successful in getting my documents back for me either. What do I have to
do? Show my boobs? HeeHee

Amber Young
Technical Writer
Pride Mobility Products Corp.


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