Documentation Plan Template (MS Word/Excel WBS)

Download this Documentation Plan template to describe 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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Product Specifications

File Format: The templates are in Microsoft Word  (.docx) and Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) format.

Opening the Files: You don’t need any special software to unzip the files. To unzip the files, right click on it, then select Extract, and save it to your computer.

Getting Started: Depending on your MS Office settings, the files may say Read Only when you open them. If this occurs, click FileSave As and save the files. There are no security settings on any of the files.

Images: All of the images in the templates are copyright free.