Saving time in the doc development process

Subject: Saving time in the doc development process
From: "John P. Brinegar" <johnbri -at- PRIMENET -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 12:20:22 -0700

As I said yesterday, LaVonna Funkhouser wrote

>OK, I'll bite. John, please share with the list your time-saving
>suggestions for improving the development process.

And then, I said I would in a day or so.

Well, the more I think about this, the bigger this job gets. So here is
what I intend to offer:
Below is a tentative outline of an article I plan to write. I'll send it to
those who request it as an HTML file that you can read with any web
browser(Netscape, Mosaic, etc.). If nobody requests it, I'll still have fun
writing it.

If there is enough interest, I could also offer it as a FrameMaker 4 file
(an email/e-mail attachment).

I expect the aritcle will be available a day or so after Christmas (happy
holidays, everbody!)

Saving time in the document development process
General time savers
Use time management
Use cross-functional teams
Use user job and task analysis
Do what users need and nothing more
Work longer hours
Minimize interruptions
Go home!
Gaining enough time to do quality documentation
Get management to buy in
Get commitments from your sources
Get involved early
When there is not enough time to do quality documentation
Do the least you can without killing the product
Promise more and better later
Find another job

John P. Brinegar,
Consulting and development
-Performance support systems
-Technical communications

Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
(602) 278-7398
johnbri -at- primenet -dot- com

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