Re: not an artifact, just a document

Subject: Re: not an artifact, just a document
From: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 15:54:05 -0800

Tara--

If I were in your Hush Puppies I would create a plan that identifies,
describes, and estimates time lines for the documents/deliverables that I am
responsible for delivering. If you can scope your plan like that, you can
still work in some of the other docs 'n' artifacts by including information
about resources you expect to use ( other documents, and also SMEs). But the
other docs and SMEs are not something you want to declare as your
responsibility, unless you have a plan for producing and delivering them on
time, which is more or less what my doc plans cover.

The rest of the documents and artifacts you're describing are just so much
project collateral, methodology-driven project documentation, etc, which
probably belong in a higher-level plan, perhaps a project plan.

Good luck handing that stuff back to the project manager :-)

Ned Bedinger
Ed Wordsmith Technical Communications

On Wednesday 21 December 2005 10:08, Tara Charter wrote:
> My Documentation Plan states that the plan is applicable to project
> artifacts that are documents. While I realize not all project artifacts
> are documents, I was informed today that a document is "any project
> deliverable not part of development" (eh?)- doesn't make any sense at
> all.
>
> I want to say the doc plan refers to *.doc format only. However, that
> is not accurate, because it could apply to a Development Case, for
> example, documented as in *.xls format. A certain company defines
> Artifacts and Documents as follows (which is also not helpful because
> it states an artifact is 'any item' while a document is an artifact
> subset that can be 'stored retrieved and exchanged' - a very large set,
> too large for a doc plan):
>
> Artifact ?
> 1) Any item (such as a use case, functional design specification,
> vision document, etc.) that is input to or output from the software
> development process, or tools, etc. The artifact itself may not be
> considered reusable. There may be many artifacts in an asset. (2) A
> physical piece of information that is used or produced by a software
> development process. Examples of artifacts include models, source
> files, scripts, and binary executable files.
>
> Document ?
> (1) An item that can be stored, retrieved, and exchanged among Content
> Manager systems and users as a separate unit. It can be any multimedia
> digital object. A single document can include varied types of content,
> including for example, text, images, and spreadsheets.
> (2) In RequisitePro, a Microsoft Word document that can be part of the
> RequisitePro project, or outside of the project.
> (3) Any collection of data stored in a document object. A document can
> contain any type of data. For example, the iSeries Access shared
> folders function can store any data that could otherwise be stored in a
> PC file; a server application can store any data into a document by
> using CL commands, such as FILDOC and RPLDOC. The system-recognized
> identifier for the document object type is *DOC.
>
> Tara C.
> Tech Writer
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