Re: How many product releases do you support in a given year?

Subject: Re: How many product releases do you support in a given year?
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:16:47 -0700

>But it sounds like 20 deadlines per year per writer would still put us on
the high end, even for an Agile environment.

The value itself is not nearly as telling as the amount of work required
per release.

As a lone tech writer, working for a startup, I am working about sixty
hours per week; however, I have less than five release deadlines per year
to meet. What complicates my job is that our products are evolving faster
than I can document (and take screen captures). By the time I was ready to
release v1 docs, I had to rewrite several chapters and replace screen
captures a few times.

I'm not complaining... hopefully, your work environment is as fun as my
work environment. That changes the severity of your day to day stress.



On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM, Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM, Yehoshua <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > Around 18, I'd imagine. We have a major/minor deadline once or twice
> every
> > month.
> >
>
>
>
> > > On Mar 18, 2014, at 20:58, Hannah Drake <hannah -at- formulatrix -dot- com>
> wrote:
> > > At least 12.
> >
>
>
> Thanks guys. I'd been trying to figure out if my last year was excessive
> or not in an Agile environment.
>
> Last year I had documentation deliverables for 36 separate releases (that's
> one every week and a half). Part of that was due to losing my boss last
> summer and trying to keep up with everything by my lonesome until we hired
> another technical writer. But it sounds like 20 deadlines per year per
> writer would still put us on the high end, even for an Agile environment.
>
> (I'm lobbying to add a third writer, which was one reason why I asked....)
>
>
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References:
How many product releases do you support in a given year?: From: Julie Stickler
Re: How many product releases do you support in a given year?: From: Hannah Drake
Re: How many product releases do you support in a given year?: From: Yehoshua
Re: How many product releases do you support in a given year?: From: Julie Stickler

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