The Problem With Keeping It Plain And Simple? (take II)

Subject: The Problem With Keeping It Plain And Simple? (take II)
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Tony Markos <ajmarkos -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 09:49:26 -0400

Tony Markos replied to my original post: <<I noticed that the last part of your e-mail address is "ca" (sorry, I forget what technically the last part of an e-mail address is called). If it stands for California...>>

Nope: "Canada". That would be the lesser-known 13 states north of the border. <g>

<<Your article on metrics is very informative (>>


<<You state that we all know that it is easier to explain a simple concept in 20 words than in 10, yet, on the other hand, it has been my expereince that performance measurement based on a pages-per-hour rules (I attended a STC special meeting on estimating where a pages-per-hour focus was firm gospel).>>

I wouldn't overgeneralize. It's certainly common, and you'll hear the loudest complaints from those who are forced to use it, but by no means is it the rule--those who don't use it tend not to complain, that's all. Some managers who don't know any better do use this kind of metric for semi-good reasons: for example, if you know that last years' documentation was 500 pages and took 250 hours to write, then as a crude guess, your writers need to hit at least 2 pages per hour to produce this year's version in the same length of time. Of course, that trivializes the work we do, but if you have no better way to estimate a project, I suppose it's better than nothing.

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