Training and development generally, and technical writing particularly are not like baseball - three strikes, and you're out.

Rather, it is an iterative process, with as many SME reviews and corrections as it takes to produce quality documents.

Typically, with writing any piece of content, measuring is more an art than a science. It's like asking how long is a piece of string? The reason being, that content length and complexity varies from project to project, with multiple variables, some unknown, and often the few known variables lie outside the writer's spheres of control.

Your energies and resources are better spent by supporting your writers so that they can be highly creative, innovative, and focused on what they alone can do best - write accurately, clearly, interestingly, and with a learner-centred bias.

Provide them with a creative work space, admin support, project management support, compliance and IT support, change management support, and a highly-supportive team.