Documentation: Possibly Too Expensive to Produce?

April 29, 2020

The cost of documentation is not a hot topic. The good old days of getting a fat manual, produced by the pre-Adobe Framemaker, has gone the way of the dodo. We noted that a possibly accurate factoid surfaced about the cost of the documentation for the US government’s Air Force One aircraft. According to Defense One, the documentation for the new Air Force One costs $84 million. You can get the details in the news story at this link.

The number is an interesting one. The cost for software documentation can be kicked under the sofa. When a “true” or allegedly “true” cost surfaces, the number may surprise.

Stephen E Arnold, April 29, 2020


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