What is Documentation? Types, Examples, FAQs

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What is Documentation?

Documentation is an umbrella term for two different types – Product Documentation and Process Documentation. Product documentation refers to the guidelines provided for the development of a product and the actions that need to be taken. On the other hand, Process Development refers to all the products or services that are manufactured during the development. 

Examples of Documentation?

Product documentation often consists of requirements such as rationale behind commercial decisions, technical terms and specifications, and product manuals. 

On the other hand, process documentation consists of obligatory standards, material that is outlined through the project, plans, test itineraries, general reports, and notes, etc. 

The main difference between Product development and Process development is where the former details an object that is tangible or digital while the latter is an end-to-end timeline for the development process. 

FAQs

Q: What are the benefits of documentation? 

A: Documentation helps to keep product developers and stakeholders on the same page while also helping to accomplish the milestones set for the success of the project. The benefits of documentation also differ as per their types – product documentation and process documentation. 

Q: What are the two types of documentation? 

A: The two types of documentation are product documentation and process documentation. Product documentation refers to the guidelines provided for the development of a product and the actions that need to be taken. On the other hand, Process Development refers to all the products or services that are manufactured during the development. 

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