It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.
Ultimately, the design document is the common reference point for everyone on the team: technical developers, managers, artists, marketers. Like "ease of use", everyone recognizes the value of documentation, but very few actually support it completely.
Good Documentation is not simply an Assumption
- It enables good design process
- It benefits all the members of the team
- It provides a shared reality
We often assume that marketers, coders and project managers will each provide meaningful documentation of their work and share it with others. And that's great if it happens - but sometimes it doesn't.
Remember the story of the seven blind men and the elephant? Each blind man accurately describes the part that he touches ("An elephant is like ... a wall ... a hose ... a tree ... a sheet ... a whip ..."), but none describes it totally.
Many development teams work like that. Each member can describe what they experience, but is there a common vision?
Like all the other skills on the design
team, Documentation is not just a hobby -
It's a job description
In the Team Working Environment - Shared Reality is a Necessity