Re: estimating LOE

Subject: Re: estimating LOE
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 01:19:31 -0500

LOL! Too true!

The key is to really break your scoping down to finite tasks...
feature by feature, aspect by aspect. The documentation effort for
just one feature can be broken down into many sub-tasks. The more
specific you are in your scoping, the more reasonably accurate it will
be, and you'll be able to definitively show the big chunks of work to
others, and perhaps get the clarification you need to trim your
estimates down or beef them up, as needed. But Gene's right, there's
no golden formula. The developer to writer ratio is a useless metric
(and I use the term 'metric' here loosely)... it's a ballpark, and is
only good if you're playing the right game for the park. Same goes for
pages per day.

On 12/27/05, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> 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.

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Follow-Ups:

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
Re: estimating LOE: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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