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How to Estimate the Cost of a Technical Document

Marshall Keith
Technical Communication
Vol. 18, No. 5 (FOURTH QUARTER 1971), pp. 7-10
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43087218
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Abstract

THE BEST KEPT SECRET in publications is how to estimate a job. Most of us guard our own little methods like misers, wishing all the while that we knew the next guy's magic formula. But the secret is out: there is no magic formula. We use logic where we can, and we use intuition where logic leaves off. This article describes some of the considerations for arriving at both a cost figure and a starting point for the job itself It also describes some of the factors bearing on the intuitive phase, or man-hour guesstimation.

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