Re: Relevant TC Topics for a Conference

Subject: Re: Relevant TC Topics for a Conference
From: Sarah Stegall <stegall -at- TERAYON -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 11:53:49 -0800

Michael Andrew Uhl wrote:
> TECHWR-Lers:
> I am responsible for leading a team of volunteers in putting on the
> Carolina Chapter, STC's Seventh Annual Summer Conference (July 31,
> 1999). I need to identify 8 major topics and approximately 10 minor
> topics we can address in presentations at this conference. Please help
> me fill in my list of relevant topics for technical communicators in
> 1999.
> I have these so far:
> Y2K Issues
> Single Source Documentation
> Publishing on CD ROM
> [The Future of] Technical Illustration
> What would you recommend I add or change?

If I were going to such a conference, I'd like to
see some panels or presentations on project
management--how to estimate, budget and schedule a
documentation plan for presentation to a project
manager. What are the "industry standards" on
time-to-market for documentation? 5 hours per
page? 8 hours per page? Does that number change
by industry? In my job, I'm often asked to add a
chapter at the last minute, and it would help if I
could give a project manager a realistic
assessment of how long such an addendum would
take, in terms of man-hours and resources used.
Sarah Stegall || Senior Technical
Terayon Communication Systems ||
stegall -at- terayon -dot- com
2952 Bunker Hill Lane || voice
Santa Clara, CA 95054 || fax 408-727-6204

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