Re: Documentation estimates

Subject: Re: Documentation estimates
From: Richard Lewis <tech44writer -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, Robert Landry <robert -dot- landry -at- rapt -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 12:45:23 -0800 (PST)

For the one-page-per-month assignment, it was impossible to know ahead of time how much time was necessary. (Actually, I initially estimated 3 months per page.)

My point is that if a page can take a month or just a couple of hours, while I generally have some inclination as to the amount of effort required, estimating on page count is often not the way to go.

Richard Lewis

John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> For the documentation that I am most proud of, it took me about a
> month to create about a page of text. For the documentation that I
> am most embarrassed of, I averaged 5 or 6 pages per day. So much
> for estimating based upon page count.

If the estimate documented the rate of a page in a month, then the
estimate was accurate.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

"I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."

Need a quick answer? Get one in minutes from people who know. Ask your question on Yahoo! Answers.

WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!

Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include single source authoring, team authoring,
Web-based technology, and PDF output.

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Re: Documentation estimates: From: John Posada

Previous by Author: Re: Documentation estimates
Next by Author: Textulization was Re: Documentation estimates
Previous by Thread: RE: Documentation estimates
Next by Thread: Re: Documentation estimates

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads