Everybody's a Reviewer

Subject: Everybody's a Reviewer
From: Phil Hellerman <Phil -dot- Hellerman -at- MCI -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 07:48:05 -0500

Eric J. Ray wrote:

> Posted anonymously, on request. It's legit. Eric

> ________________________________________________

> Before I get totally hysterical, maybe somebody has been in my situation...

> I have just finished writing a manual which is quite good. It's been through
> three reviews with the SMEs and all their corrections have been entered.
> It's also been edited by two technical writers (that's all we have). Now that
> I am all ready to go to press, the approval board (my boss) has come up with
> a creative idea: The entire R&D and QA staff has to read the entire book.
> I have never heard of this kind of procedure before and it sounds to me like
> the world's biggest nightmare, but my boss refuses to budge. Can anybody
> give me some good arguments why this shouldn't happen. When I noted
> that this is an expensive use of the programmers' time, he said, "You just let
> me worry about that."

> Help...
> Dear Anonymous,

I think its great that someone in authority actually TELLS AND DEMANDS
that others review the book. No problem for me.

My $.02.

Take control of the review project. Be proactive, not reactive. You have
an opportunity to make your light shine and show how you can manage the
review process.


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