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David -- I wholeheartedly agree! I sometimes run into project leads who insist on paring down my detailed outlines before passing them along, certain that the SMEs won't want to take the time to review them. Most often, I see this flawed reasoning lead to confusion when the SMEs see "new" details appear in the first draft. As I tell my clients, they are the subject matter experts and my job is to transform their insights and perspective into a compelling narrative. Outlines are a sure way to get a sense of how the story flows and how well it holds together.