Sometimes I just want to take these docs, scroll through until I find the first statement someone could reasonably disagree with, and just delete everything before this point. I don’t think anyone would miss it except for some putz who will insist it all the goes back in on the ground that it's "standard".
This useless filler generally consists of:
What’s the end result? 40 page documents where content that really matters doesn’t start until page 10. I’ve personally produced mounds of documents that are over %75 filler. This increases the cost of producing documentation, slows down review, and damages document readability. You can see why the whole idea of documenting an IT project is under attack.
What’s really galling is that this document bloat doesn’t come from business customers demanding more – the pressure is from inside the IT. Look at a memo, or a board paper. You’re lucky if there are more than a few centimetres of document meta-information at the top. A paper going to the board to recommend a few million dollars of spend fits on a single A4 sheet; but the smallest IT document we manage to make as long as war and peace, but with as much content as a limerick.