Re: Where are the experts on job estimating?

Subject: Re: Where are the experts on job estimating?
From: "Hutchings, Christa" <cwhutchings -at- HOMEWIRELESS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 13:46:23 -0400

Well, in all of my positions as a TW (except the one prior to my current
position), I did my own formatting, and still used 4 hours per page as a
guideline. I usually made it too, although it took some serious
rocket-fuel at times!

Chris Welch-Hutchings
Sr. Technical Writer
Home Wireless Networks, Inc.
Norcross GA (USA)
cwhutchings -at- homewireless -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gina Hertel [SMTP:Ghertel -at- ALPHA88 -dot- COM]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 1:37 PM
> To: 'Hutchings, Christa'; TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: RE: Where are the experts on job estimating?
>
> 4 hours per page is for writing original material, right?
> What about editing, formatting, etc.?
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Hutchings, Christa [SMTP:cwhutchings -at- HOMEWIRELESS -dot- COM]
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 1:15 PM
> > To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> > Subject: Re: Where are the experts on job estimating?
> >
> > Boy, this should get a good discussion going! I have always been
> told
> > that the rule of thumb was 4 hours per page. Consequently, I've
> always
> > based my pub plans on that. I'd love to have the luxury of 8 hours
> per
> > page!
> >
> > Chris Welch-Hutchings
> > Sr. Technical Writer
> > Home Wireless Networks, Inc.
> > Norcross GA (USA)
> > cwhutchings -at- homewireless -dot- com
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Richard J. Collins [SMTP:writejob -at- DNAI -dot- COM]
> > > Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 1:00 PM
> > > To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> > > Subject: Where are the experts on job estimating?
> > >
> > > Hello to all,
> > > I just searched the national web STC web site for information
> > > regarding page
> > > estimate numbers to use for technical writing projects. I came up
> > > empty
> > > handed.
> > >
> > > I thought the society was making an effort to provide research on
> this
> > > kind
> > > of information. For years we have used 8 hours per page as a rule
> of
> > > thumb,
> > > but I was recently asked how I could substantiate that and had to
> > > admit I
> > > did not have any valid data in front of me.
> > >
> > > It's got to be there somewhere. No? Or are all the tech writing
> > > professionals so burnt out on trying to put good numbers on their
> > > projects
> > > that they just let it slide off the desk.
> > >
> > > Any advice?
> > >
> > >
> > > Rich Collins
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > &^~~~
> > > Send commands to listserv -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu (e.g., SIGNOFF
> > > TECHWR-L)
> > > Find contractor info at
> > > http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/contractors.htm
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> &^~~
> > ~
> > Send commands to listserv -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu (e.g., SIGNOFF
> TECHWR-L)
> > Find contractor info at
> http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/contractors.htm




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