Miles Davis or The Rolling Stones @ $12.75 per word?

Subject: Miles Davis or The Rolling Stones @ $12.75 per word?
From: Robert Maxey <Bob_Maxey -at- MTN -dot- 3COM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 18:52:28 -0700

>>>Does anyone out there have a suggestion? Have any particular methods
proven successful? How does your company/organization determine tech
writers' productivity?

Counting words or pages, then applying that number to a formula, is not a
good idea. It reduces writing to the mere assembly of letters on a page. It
is like buying an Old Master Painting or a great Jazz song by the number of
strokes, colors or notes. Writers, write and often, there are days where a
writer just can't put the words together. My suggestion is to find another

I just finished a document for 3Com and I had a schedule and deadline. I
worked towards completion on time, not so many words per day. As long as a
writer can meet a deadline, that should be enough. Assuming their work is

Bob Maxey

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