Documentation Plan Template (MS Word/Excel WBS)

Your Documentation Plan template describes how your technical documents will be prepared, delivered and distributed. This is also known as an Information Development (ID) Plan. Essentially, it serves as a project plan for the documentation requirements on a software project.

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Use this template to:

  • Identify the content, format, page count, size etc for each document in your next publication cycle
  • Prepare cost estimates for project duration and schedule resources to meet the documentation requirements
  • Have greater control over your budget and ensure that risks and issues are addressed before starting the writing phase
  • Identify the necessary tools/licenses/PC configuration and ensure documents are scoped correctly with the appropriate level of detail

Documentation Plan Template: Screenshots

sample documentation plan

Resource Requirements

Free Work Breakdown Structure Template

Free Responsibility Matrix Template

Documentation Plan: Table of Contents

The Documentation Plan includes the following sections:

1.    Introduction
1.1    Overview
1.2    Purpose
1.3    Scope
1.4    Target Audience
1.5    Objectives
1.6    Current sources of information

2.    Resource Requirements
2.1    Writers requirements
2.2    Software
2.3    Hardware

3.    Schedule
3.1    Assumptions
3.2    Dependencies
3.3    Resource Requirements
3.4    Resource Plan
3.5    Documentation Schedule

4.    Deliverables
4.1    Specifications
4.2    Book Specifications
4.3    Online Help Specifications
4.4    Error Messages Specifications
4.5    List of Final Deliverables
4.6    Printing, Packaging, and Distribution

Documentation Plan Template: Contents & Format

Template Number of pages Format
Documentation Plan Template 17 Word template
Responsibility Matrix 1
Work Breakdown Structure 1

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Technical Writing Template Pack

This document is part of the Technical Writing Template pack. It includes the following documents.

  1. Audience Analysis – 30 pages
  2. Data Sheet – 2 pages
  3. Documentation Plan – 7 pages
  4. Error Message Guide – 14 pages
  5. Fact Sheet – 2 pages
  6. FAQ Template – 17 pages
  7. Installation Plan – 22 pages
  8. Product Document Plan – 14 pages
  9. Quick Start Guide – 14 pages
  10. ReadMe Template – 2 pages
  11. Release Notes – 17 pages
  12. Setup Guide – 29 pages
  13. System Admin Guide – 35 pages
  14. Troubleshooting Guide – 12 pages
  15. User Guide – 16 pages

Total page count: 233 pages

15 Technical Writing Templates

Use these MS Word templates as a guide for writing your own technical documentation. Delete any sections that do not fit your topics; add sections where needed.

Example of Product Document Map Template

Technical Writing Template: Writers & Editors

The target audience for these templates includes Technical Writers, IT Managers, Test Managers, Product Managers, System Administrators, Security Officers and others who develop software, systems and technical solutions.

3 Free Templates

You also get these three free templates:

  • Audience Analysis worksheet (MS Excel)
  • Document Control worksheet (MS Excel)
  • User Guide Checklist (MS Word)

Technical Writing Template: Screenshots

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Release Notes Template – 17 pages

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User Guide Template – 16 pages

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