Estimating Hours/Page

Subject: Estimating Hours/Page
From: Win Day <winday -at- CML -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 16:59:59 -0500

Greetings, all you techwhirlers. I have a question...

I'm new to the contracting game. I'm working on a series of software
manuals on a reimbursable basis (thank heaven!). I've never done software
manuals before, and I just started estimating the time to complete one.

The manual will be around 230 pages including index. JoAnn Hackos, in her
recent book "Managing Your Documentation Projects", recommends using
about 5 hours per page. That seems really high to me. Does anyone out
there have a feel for this sort of thing?

I should mention that the company I'm contracting to has never hired a
tech writer before; their engineers and programmers always wrote the
documentation in their spare time. Sometimes the docs lagged behind
product release by as much as a year!

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

Win Day
E-Mail winday -at- cml -dot- com

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