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The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan

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Making and Following a Schedule

In the high-tech world, everything has to be done yesterday, if not last week. No matter how fast you start, you’re already behind, and it seems there’s never time to do the job right. But doing a job “right” can sometimes depend on recognizing what “right” looks like.

You’ll never have unlimited time to produce documentation, and as discussed, you need to be able to keep up with the product development lifecycles your company follows. Typically, you will be expected to meet a deadline someone else has set and you’ll have to decide what you can deliver in that time.

You don’t have to react like a deer in headlights when asked if you can meet deadlines. Project planning has only three dimensions: size, scope, and ...

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