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Scheduling

Scheduling

One of the more difficult tasks facing any publications department is developing accurate and realistic schedules and modifying them while the project is underway. This section provides some basic information about schedule estimates and contingencies, but it is by no means exhaustive. For a list of books that deal specifically with managing documentation projects, see the section “Project Management” in Appendix D, “Recommended Reading.”

Estimating Task Times

The following table shows a rough formula for calculating the hours needed for documentation tasks.[3] Keep in mind that these are estimates only and that they might vary depending upon the nature of the documentation. For example, very technical documentation is usually more time-consuming to write and edit than is overview information. Outside factors such as poor source material or limited availability of subject matter experts can also affect schedules.

[3] L. Fredrickson and J. Lasecke, “Planning for Factors that Affect Project Cost” Proceedings of the 41st International Technical Communication Conference (Arlington, VA: Society for Technical Communication, 1994), pp. 357–359.


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