Technical Editing:
Project Management — Rude 24

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  1. Management of the document-development process is whose responsibility, typically?
    Lead writer
    Editor
    Project manager
    Consensus of team members
  2. Editors who enter writing projects at the end are often limited to
    Document structure and design
    Basic copyediting
    Comprehensive editing
    Spell checking
  3. What is the life-cycle model for document management?
    Thinking of a documentation project from in all five of its phases
    Thinking of a product-development project from in all five of its phases
    Planning a cycle that is specically tailored to the documentation project
    The period from the beginning of a cycle to its end
  4. In planning for a documentation project, the project manager should look to the editor for recommendations as to:
    Possible printing contractors
    Document specifications
    Documentation software to be used
    Best writers to assign to the project
  5. Document specifications include which of the following?
    Product descriptions
    Documentation tasks and content description
    The due date for the end of the project
    Descriptions of the product and its target market
    Guidelines for fonts, margins, page size, capitalization, highlighting, numbers, abbreviations, and terminology
  6. Planning is best done by the
    Editor
    Writer
    Project team
    Manager
  7. According to JoAnn Hackos, planning is best done by a self-managed team whose members know
    Who is responsible for what components.
    What the specifications are.
    When the milestones will occur.
    All of the above.
  8. Estimating deadlines and milestones is an essential part of planning. Rude observes that when people intuitively estimate deadlines and milestones for a writing project they usually
    Overestimate the time required.
    Underestimate the time required.
    Get it right.
    Often get it right.
  9. Before you as an editor can accurately estimate how long a job will take, you need to know
    When the job needs to be completed.
    How many people will be helping.
    What responsibilities you will be expected to complete.
    How much money you will be paid
  10. Is there a benchmark as to how many pages a reasonably experienced editor can copyedit in a regular workday. If so, what is that benchmark?
    No. No one has performed this research yet.
    No. Editorial work varies so much that no benchmark is practical.
    Yes. Just over 38 pages a day.
    Yes. Just under 29 pages a day.
  11. Is there a benchmark as to how many pages a reasonably experienced editor can comprehensively edit in a regular workday. If so, what is that benchmark?
    No. No one has perform this research yet.
    No. Editorial work varies so much that no benchmark is practical.
    Yes. Just over 38 pages a day.
    Yes. Just under 29 pages a day.
  12. To establish due dates, managers frequently work
    Forward from the beginning date
    Forward from the end date
    Backward from the beginning date
    Backward from the end date
  13. Which of the following does a form such as the one shown in Table 23.1 not enable an editor to do?
    Prompt you to consider all the tasks that will be involved in the editing job.
    Clarify expectations with the person who requests editing.
    Determine the quality and marketability of the document.
    Estimate the time for editing that will be required.
  14. Which of the following can you not use to estimate the time it will take to edit a document?
    A spreadsheet
    Number of pages or screens in the document
    Type of edit to be performed
    Records from past projects
  15. When estimating the time it will take to edit a document, Rude recommends that you not only consider the length of document but also:
    The experience and skill of the writer
    The technology that is the subject matter of the document
    Team meetings, e-mail, client reviews, report writing
    a and b
    b and c
    a, b, and c
    Neither a, b nor c.
  16. Sampling can be a good way to estimate your editing time on a document. When should you use sampling?
    With new writers and new projects
    In all cases
    For large documents, over 300 pages
    a and c
    Neither a, b nor c.
  17. When you sample a document as a method of estimating your editing time, which pages or how many pages should you sample-edit?
    5 pages anywhere in the document
    10 pages anywhere in the document
    First few pages of two different chapters
    Pages with technical information intwo separate areas of the document
    a and b. c and d.
  18. If, as an experienced editor, you have a completely new 200-page document that has never been edited and never been published, how many copyediting hours should you estimate, according to Rude?
    800 hours
    200 hours
    40-60 hours
    25-35 hours
  19. Why is it important that the latest version of a document be clearly identified?
    Team members can waste time changing material that has already been changed.
    It's a way to make sure that all members of the project team take responsibility.
    a and b.
    Neither a nor b.
  20. Three strategies for version control are necessary. They include (a) using the save version feature of software, (b) embedding comments into the electronic file, and (c):
    Distinctly marking each different version with a different color pen.
    Noting the date of the version.
    Keeping track of the version.
    Establish a naming convention for versions.


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