Re: Cost of Documentation

Subject: Re: Cost of Documentation
From: Jonathan Leer <jleer -at- LTC -dot- MV -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 10:04:30 -0300

Interesting analysis. If somebody were to publish such data as the cost =
of lawsuits lost by companies over poorly documented products, just =
maybe we could wake up some of those corporate managers who rush to get =
a manual out,"oh, we don't need to hire a writer or illustrator, just =
have the secretary do it by the end of the week."

Jon Leer


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From: Michael J Maloney[SMTP:mmaloney -at- epic-isti -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, May 17, 1996 9:57 AM
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Subject: Cost of Documentation



>Documentation is a cost. Until we can change corporate attitudes that
documentation creates revenue, and that the better the document the =
greater
the revenue, we relying stricting on an emotional sale to the managers =
with
the purse strings. In today's competitive marketplace on-demand
documentation is becoming the norm and the fastest turnaround time wins =
the
contract.



The "return on investment" of technical documentation is nearly =
impossible
to measure (if it exists at all).=20

However, let's say you're producing technical documentation for chain =
saw
use (hardware documentation). Without clean, accurate instructions
(conforming to ANSI Standards) - combined with clean accurate =
illustrations,
the manufacturer (deep pockets) can lose a fortune in liability cases. =
How
much is this document worth? A million dollars? If it cost $15,000 - =
$20,000
to produce a manual that prevents a few million-dollar claims..... I'd =
say
that's a great return on investment. Wouldn't you?





Michael J. Maloney
President, EPIC Creative Services
2230 Lyndhurst Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203 USA

President, ISTI (International Society for Technical Illustrators)
http://www.epic-isti.com/epic
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