Estimating time.

Subject: Estimating time.
From: Ron Sering CDS <ronser -at- MANX -dot- CDS -dot- TEK -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 10:49:52 MST

Does anyone have any methods of estimating the time required for a documentationproject, for both Winhelp and paper manuals? I've always been good at doing a thumbnail estimate of time requirements, but want to put a little more, ahem, timeinto it.

I've heard of "industry standard" estimates of both 5 hours per page and 6.5 hours per page, but am not sure what this really means (for example, are these hours/page estimates for all drafts--and how many drafts? Do they include graphics development?) What other methods are in use out there?

--Ron Sering

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