RE: Drafts Back in Time

Subject: RE: Drafts Back in Time
From: Emily Berk <emily -at- armadillosoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 23:38:36 -0700

Here's what I do:

1. I publish the draft to whomever it is who is supposed to be reviewing the draft. I advise them of when I absolutely, positively need their comments back.

2. I ALSO publish the draft to the few engineers in the company who actually:
i. Read the documents I write;
ii. Know what they are doing (and in the particular subject area being reviewed).
(Or else, I publish small pieces of the draft early on in the process, as I write them when possible, to this second group of folks.)

Very often there is little overlap between the first group (the official reviewers) and the second group.

If I get no comments back from the first group, I don't worry about it. I can usually count on them to let me know of any problems they find several weeks after the product is released. (If I do get useful comments from the first group, I move those reviewers to the second group.)

If I get no comments back from the second group --- well, I ALWAYS get helpful comments back from the second group.


~ Emily Berk ~
~\091101 *** Armadillo Associates, Inc. ~


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