Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Product Specifications—Planning Guide



Use this planning guide to define the key details for your product specifications. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself, your instructor, or both.
  1. Find a project requiring specifications. Describe that project in the input box below:

  2. Define the purpose, audience, and situation. In the input box below, describe the audience, purpose, and situation of these product specifications:

  3. Plan the scope and definitions sections, as necessary. In the input box below, describe what you will and will not provide specifications for and what you will need to provide definitions for:

  4. Sketch the operating-characteristics section, if needed. In the input box below, take some notes on the operating-characteristics section of your product specifications, if such a section is needed:

  5. Plan an introduction. In the input box below, try rough-drafting an introduction for your product specifications:

  6. Sketch the headings you'll use. List the headings you would use in these product specifications and briefly describe the contents of those sections:

  7. Consider the format. In the input box below, describe the format you'll use for your product specifications:

  8. Review and revise your rough draft. When you've written the rough draft of your product specifications and reviewed it, use the input box below to describe the problems you find:

Your name:
E-mail this planning information to me:
E-mail this planning information to my instructor:


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