Archive for February, 2005
User Experience Diagrams by LukeW
A list of user experience diagrams. This points to thirteen different ways of representing user experience, usability and information architecture in the context of real-world projects and problems.
Via : Column Two
Using weblogs to manage project change from Cutting Through
It’s probably not too far an exaggeration to say that it’s changes that kill projects. Whether it’s because requirements were incorrectly specified at the start, or the business environment has changed – moving the goalposts mid-way through the game can really screw things up.
So, what are the problems?
- There’s no formal process for capturing requests
- The requests aren’t visible
- The requests have knock-on effects
How Plogs (Project Management Blogs) can save the day?
A formal process for capturing project changes
In this situation, a blog becomes the change register. Anyone is able to post a request for change, which is immediately visible to everyone. The post’s category is set to ‘Received request’, and the project team is notified through the blog’s webfeed.
As soon as the request is received, it’s visible on the blog and through the webfeed.
Making the knock-on effects visible
Getting people into the change loop is a lot easier if all you’re asking them to do is passively monitor a newsfeed – they can rapidly scan and assess the relevence of an item in a feed far faster than skimming through a paper status report. And the speed with which you can deal with new items in a feed means that you are able to monitor a huge number of them – ideal if you’re in an environment with lots of projects going on simultaneously.
Quoted almost the full article , must say great stuff.
In Search of Simplicity By Lisa Neal, Editor-In-Chief, eLearn Magazine
What do online seminars and iPods have in common? Not much, and that’s the problem. Compared to the iPod and its seamless and context-appropriate methods for delivering one type of rich-media content, online seminar technology seems stuck in a kind of digital stone age. Setting up an online seminar only rubs in your face how every participant has a unique computer configuration with its own constraints: Platforms. Firewalls. Restricted sites. Undocumented restrictions. Bouncing email. Old equipment. New equipment. I could go on and on in excruciating detail.
Severe enthusiasm of getting back to blog causing some problems here – I am neglecting my job and I am not as brave as Jason Kottke
The latest post is Too Many Words. To quote –
A picture really is worth a thousand words, especially when you’re trying to get information or knowledge to go from your head into someone else’s. You can talk all day, but that sketch on the back of the napkin can suddenly make it all clear. When you’re communicating, you have a thought bubble over your head with a representation of what you’re trying to convey, and the listener/receiver has a thought bubble over his head with a representation of what he thinks about what you’re saying. The big question is, do they match?
For learning, there’s a ton of research that supports using visuals. In one set of ten studies, people who learned from graphics and words together produced between 55 percent to 121 percent more correct solutions to transfer problems than people who learned from words alone