Almost magic

Project managers should not underestimate the usefulness of a documents team. Using a fictitious case scenario, the product ODE at Crawford Field Robotics, a description is given of how a documents team is fully utilized from the initial development of the project plan, through the design and prototyping phases, and on into the sell and services phases. In the final phase, the documents team assembles the project history, recording the lessons learned and making recommendations for the future. This article includes a sidebar description of the New Product Development Forum, an element of the PMI® Rochester Chapter that has been sponsoring various programs since 1997--most of them focused on how to create effective documentation for new products.
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