RE: Need a word

Subject: RE: Need a word
From: Yves JEAUROND <jingting -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:52:45 -0500 (EST)

Btw, a procedure is a set of ordered steps.
Is "list", or "checklist" the word you are looking for?
I believe that's what David Allen uses in _Getting Things Done_ but
I'll have to check. Consider the hierarchy: "project, task, list, procedure, step".

And Richard Combs makes a good point to split the final cause from the efficient cause.
Very Aristotelian of you, Richard.


"Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com> a écrit :
tech -dot- writer1 -at- verizon -dot- net wrote:

> To accomplish a particular task, four sets of steps have to
> be done. What do you call these four things?

I'm with Bill. A task is _what_ to do; a procedure is _how_ to do it. To
complete a task, you follow one or more procedures. And a set of steps
is a procedure.

There's no need for the complexity and vagueness of "sub steps" in this
scenario. And "task" needs to remain at the top level.

Why eliminate the concept of "procedure" from what is generally defined
as _procedural_ documentation?


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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