The following article is a sample from the full BVOP™ Ultimate Guide and is part of the preparation for the BVOP™'s modern Agile Project Management Certification Program.
Bad documentation may cause waste in different areas of project delivery, product management, and development, such as:
- Time waste
- Costs waste
- Development waste
- Delivery and implementation waste
Time and costs wastes are usually obvious and logical, but development and delivery waste is a topic that needs attention.
Bad documentation is considered to be:
- Not well readable
- Contains very long content that is not helpful and requires a lot of time for processing
- Outdated and misleading
- Not related to the project needs
Bad documentation may lead to not needed or wrong development outcomes. If development teams do not fully understand the documentation or if it is confusing, they may spend time developing not needed or wrong parts of the product. It can also be a cause of a poorly executed project or an inaccurate product as a whole.
Documentation management also includes creating, maintaining, requesting and sharing documentation intended for research, development, support, marketing, and all other teams, departments, and parties involved in the project, product, and all related activities.
The BVOPM office facilitates and supports documentation practices and evaluates the business value and the status of all the documentation and practices.