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Suggested Citation:"5.0 Work Plan." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2005. Comprehensive Human Factors Guidelines for Road Systems (Web-Only Document). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23318.
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5.0 Work Plan Under Task 3 of this project, a work plan was developed that identified and sequenced the activities that will be required to develop a first edition of the HFG. The work plan included general estimates of required time, labor, and costs. This plan was submitted for review as part of the Task 4 report (Lerner et al., 2002b). The work plan, with minor editorial revisions, is attached as Appendix A of this report. Several aspects of the work plan bear mention: • The plan assumes a significant central coordination and editing function. The HFG is not seen as a collection of more-or-less independent chapters. Rather, in order to have an integrated, highly usable electronic document, with extensive searching and linking capabilities, and with distributed shared information, close technical and editorial coordination is required throughout the document development process. • The work plan is conceptualized as having five major stages and requiring three parallel, but coordinated, lines of activity. The five stages are: I. Document structure and preparation II. Chapter structure III. Chapter writing IV. Integration and media V. Document evaluation and production The three parallel lines of effort are: (1) technical and editorial coordination; (2) chapter authorship; and (3) outside collaboration and review. • The work plan provides ample opportunities for broad outside review by technical committees, professional and standards organizations, and other stakeholders. Input, comment, and critical review are integrated as part of the work plan. • Estimates of time and effort are necessarily based on some assumptions regarding the phasing and scope of the effort. For planning and estimating purposes, it was assumed that chapter writing and integration will be done in a series of three waves of about six chapters each. Because of the editorial and integrative requirements, the process will be more efficient if the chapters are developed in groups, rather than one or two at a time. Based on various assumptions in the work plan, it was estimated that each wave of chapters should require about an 18 month period. Appendix A provides the work plan. It includes full discussion and has charts documenting work flow, level of effort by personnel category, and total estimated effort and cost summaries. 28

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TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web Document 70: Comprehensive Human Factors Guidelines (HFG) for Road Systems examines the recommended content, format, organization, and capabilities of the planned HFG. The report includes an outline of the document and a detailed work plan for development of the first edition of the guidelines. The report also includes a draft Introduction and one sample chapter of the HFG. The HFG is being developed to help facilitate safe roadway design and operational decisions.


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