Information Overload: We have met the enemy and he is us

August 15, 2007

I have read the case study: “Information Overload: We have met the enemy and he is us” from Jonathan B Spira and David Goldes, two analysts of The study is very interesting, since it targets the ongoing change of the workspace around us. According to the study, 40% of knowledge workers are already working from non traditional (non-Dilbertian-) working places such as home offices, customer locations, hotels, airport lounges and so on.

Originally uploaded by dltq.

That kind of “nomad” working style is increasing across all sizes of enterprises. For example I know a small design team which is quite successful, never than less it left it’s presentable studio halls to work further from home. They use Skype as their main communication tool and that way they always stay connected. An other example: A former colleague of mine joined a consulting group one year ago, since then he never saw the official office again, working from customer locations or from home. Years ago, when I visited IBM in Stuttgart they showed to me their empty office rooms, claiming that their employees mostly work from customer locations or home offices. Perhaps the IT and the design industries are pioneers regards the nomad way of work, but it is the way of work which will infect all industries soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Mindquarry RH Spring interview

August 9, 2007

In May I’ve attended the Red Herring Spring in Monterey, and during that session I’ve got interviewed. Now the video became available. Unfortunately wordpress-online doesn’t support video-linking to others than Google Video, Youtube, DailyMotion, Grouper, Odeo, and SplashCast. Therefore I cant show it here. Just follow the link above.

the business value of chat

August 7, 2007

Lars has made a remarkable presentation about Freeform Collaboration. Yesterday I’ve used that presentation to give a group of people from D-Labs an introduction to the thinking and principles behind Mindquarry, which they are starting to use.

After I finished it looked (just) to me like I missed something. That got me hooked and I was musing the whole night about that. And I think I got my point: In my daily work I’m meanwhile used to work intensive with my iChat jabber client. In the past I saw that just with programmers and my kids. So it was always to me a little bit “childish”. But I learned to appreciate the fact, to see my team members status: available, away, busy and “out of reach”. It simply saves time to see them online and talk to them instead of trying to make “blind” telephone calls. I’m more and more encourage people from other teams and companies, I’m working with, to use a jabber client. It simply eases communication and saves time.

PULSE: a tribute
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Now back to may point of Lars presentation. I would suggest to see a chat client as the perfect representation of the team section. The meta data behind both are nearly similar, and the value of team members is increased when you see them in your virtually team space with their availability status. If you have a close look to Lars final poster, most of the colored elements are representing software, except “team” which is more a pre-condition for the whole thing. To me, a team can be represented in an ideal way by a chat client system. It’s just an important part of freeform collaboration, especially for distributed teams.

Faceted Metadata Search – an new approach to user experience

August 1, 2007

Lars wrote a post about his faceted search option for Mindquarry tasks in version 1.2. By his description you may get easy a glue how it works. That seems to be a simple (but useful) step to the task feature.

But faceted search is a solution on top of technologies. Microsoft is developing that right now as a solution to compete to other search engines like Google.

Faceted search is an option to the general search dilemma, that you (the searcher) must have exact knowledge about the search content description to find exactly what you search. For example if you search a suitcase with tiger pattern you would get the operating system “tiger” (Mac OS) , the animal “tiger” and much more overwhelming information.

Even plain full text search is not a perfect solution. try to search a telephone-No, like 777-6330, you’ll get results with telephone-, article- and stock- numbers.

Faceted search is different, Read the rest of this entry »