RE: What do you want/need to start a project

Subject: RE: What do you want/need to start a project
From: "Cliver, Barry" <CliverBarry -at- PRAIntl -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 16:11:39 -0500

>>I am writing a little tip for engineers and analyticals on what they
should gather together to give the technical communicator to start a

Ask for functional design docs, specifications, business case studies,
anything that helps you understand the product and the users. Ask if the
design docs get updated once they meet the real world. Good project
managers will.

Ask for access to a test environment so you can get "hands on" with the
project. Better yet, build your own environment that you can control.

Ask for dates: code complete, schema freeze, system test, integration
test, test drives, pilots, LA, GA, whatever your company uses. These
dates become your dates in writing/reviewing/delivering doc.


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