Re: Drafts Back in Time

Subject: Re: Drafts Back in Time
From: Doc <doc -at- vertext -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 12:11:07 -0400

On Thu, 29 May 2003 09:17:18 -0400, "Amber Young"
<ayoung -at- pridemobility -dot- com> wrote:
>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? >

Hi Amber:

We had excellent relations with the SWEs but, as you know, this does
not mean that they returned their reviews on time.

Since my Doc department tested the heck out of the product, we had
access to the bug reporting system. So we used it as a tickler file
for them.

When we distributed review copies, we put a deadline date on them
(deadlines included a buffer period). We then entered the review as a
bug in the database. This meant that it would appear in their morning
list of things-to-do until we marked it as "fixed."

Since each SWE had to account for any bugs that were assigned to them
at a weekly development meeting, they had more incentive to get the
reviews back to us.


David W Lettvin
The VerText Company
South Hamilton, MA
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the
one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka!
(I found it!) but rather, 'hmm ... that's funny ...'"
- Isaac Asimov


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