RE: Documentation estimates

Subject: RE: Documentation estimates
From: "Brasel, Russell" <russell -dot- brasel -at- hccredit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 14:59:03 -0600

Richard Lewis 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.

I concur. I'm writing a simple document that has a few screenshots, an
explanation of fields, what our programmers do to a small SQL stored
procedure, and end-user instructions. All in all, it will be no more
than 2 or 3 pages, but it's difficult to tell how long a document like
this will take, especially when you rely on input from a SME who's busy
with other projects, and your project manager wants it in a different
format that was very close to your first draft. . . Sorry-I started
grumbling a bit. . . Anyway. . .

For other documentation, I tend toward the Montgomery Scott school of
giving estimates-the whole "miracle worker" reputation and all.



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