Re: Scoping a DocumentationProject??

Subject: Re: Scoping a DocumentationProject??
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 13:53:31 -0800 (PST)'s how I do it.

I spend the first week of a project gathering, from any possible source I can, a list of every conceivable feature I can put my paws on. I'll comb existing specs or notes, speak with developers, buisiness analysts and PMs, and use my common sense and experience to know what topics I might have. For example, if I see there is a topic called X, I might figure I'll eventualy have a "Create X", "Use X", "Delete X".

Then, knowing how I write, which is to standardize on about 1/2 page per heading, I count up the items on my list and come up with the page extimate of two topics per page.

How well does this work? If, for instance I estimated 200 pages, I may end up with 150 to 250 pages. Good system? who works for me

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."
--Oscar Wilde

----- Original Message ----
From: Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2006 4:38:18 PM
Subject: Re: Scoping a DocumentationProject??


By "scoping out" a software documentation project, I
mean determining the "extent of" the project.

(Note: This scoping needs to be done when the TW is
not creating documentation for an already developed
(i.e., scope already firmed) product - like for
requirements specs or test plans.)

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