Time Estimation Question

Subject: Time Estimation Question
From: Letty Smith <lsmith -at- CTILIMITED -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 13:10:04 -0500

I have searched the archives and wasn't able to come up with a good answer
to this question. Hopefully, some of you out there have faced a similar
situation and can give me some advice.

I am working on editing a set of online help documents for a software
product. The editing is a comprehensive one, designed to:
Fix grammar errors
Improve the clarity
Spell check
Reformat long documents into managable sections
Include screen prints of processes and buttons
Provide consistent naming conventions
Check that each field on the software matches the documentation
Run each process that the software can do, and make sure that the
software actually does it the way that the documentation says it does.

The last item is the one that is stumping me. This is very complicated
software, and running any one of the processes takes somewhere between 1
minute and 3 hours (depending on how much previous data I have to load and
create for testing). I have had tests take a whole day to finish, when the
system was feeling buggy. They have also taken 20 seconds.

Does anyone have a good rule of thumb as to how to estimate how long this
sort of editing should take? I'd like to be able to present my manager
with some guesstimation, as I'm starting to get the "gee, what are you
DOING with your time" looks. Currently, there is no method being used to
estimate how long it should take, so any help would be an improvement.

How about for this sort of edit *without* the software testing?

Letty Smith

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