Proceedings-2003; By Adrienne Escoe; Summary by Maria Christophel (2006) This article provides guidelines for estimating the cost of developing policies and procedures for a company. It points some of the misconceptions of scope and responsibilities between the client and the technical writer that eventually surface with financial downturns. It recommends the use of a checklist and a detailed list of items that should be included in it. It guides through the main items of scoping the project, and enumerates the tasks that should be considered, time, level, etc. The author recommends the careful preparation of a list of assumptions and the consequences of the violation of such assumptions.