Re: estimating LOE

Subject: Re: estimating LOE
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Tara Charter" <tara -dot- charter -at- physiciansmutual -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 15:06:06 -0800

The best tool for estimating is your own past experience with similar
projects. While it is possible to come up with reasonable numbers
for some hands-on production phases of documentation, most generic
"rule of thumb" guidelines I have seen for estimating documentation
resources per hundred pages or per developer are about as accurate
as a contract bid from Halliburton.

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message ----- From: "Tara Charter" <tara -dot- charter -at- physiciansmutual -dot- com>


I want to estimate the true level of effort for writing ALL end user documentation for two very
large Portal projects. I am thinking there is enough work here for several technical writers, but I
don't have a tool for estimating. I remember using a set of guidelines for other companies -
something like 1 FTE writer for every 7 FTE developers. Do you use a tool or guidelines?


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References:
Don Norman on Manual Writing: From: Jens Reineking
Re: Don Norman on Manual Writing: From: Bill Swallow
Re: Don Norman on Manual Writing: From: Gene Kim-Eng
estimating LOE: From: Tara Charter

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