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Re: [XP] Will someone film for us?

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  • Keith Nicholas
    The decision to IM vs face to face has kind of evolved over time with no particular guidance. Other than we work with people all over the world and use IM a
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 19, 2007
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      The decision to IM vs face to face has kind of evolved over time with no
      particular guidance. Other than we work with people all over the world and
      use IM a lot for that (the development team is all in one room) ...
      However....its a factor of

      - dont need an answer straight away (basically cheap email)
      - don't want a full on conversation just want a quick interchange
      - you don't want to interrupt someone when pairing the pair can finish what
      they are doing and then look at the IM
      - want to copy paste something code/url/something from email/wiki
      - you feel you can better express yourself through clever uses of emoticons

      you know who to IM because you know the people, I'm assuming your curious
      about drawing on group knowledge? what tends to happen is if someone
      doesn't know, they may start a conversation.... but in general people have a
      good feel for who knows what, and when your not sure who might know
      something you'll just ask the group f2f.

      what makes us know when its time to IM ? Firstly, its more a case of when
      we have a question... then we choose either IM or f2f based on some of the
      previous stuff. It really comes down to how quick do you want to know
      something / tell someone something. it's reasonably instinctual and
      different people have different tolerances and levels of use of IM vs F2F.
      The cool thing is as soon as IM becomes the least bit awkward to communicate
      with you just start talking.

      On 9/19/07, Carol Wellington <Wellington.Carol@...> wrote:
      > That's really interesting. Can I ask a couple of questions to clarify
      > some
      > things:
      > - how do you decide between IM and face-to-face?
      > - how do you know who you should IM?
      > - what makes you know it's time to IM someone?
      > We're looking into strategies for tools that could help distributed teams
      > communicate in ways similar to co-located teams. Such a tool would have to
      > make some information that is implicit in your environment be explicit to
      > a
      > distributed team. My questions are an attempt to figure out what that
      > implicit information is.
      > On 9/18/07, Keith Nicholas <keithnlist@...<keithnlist%40compacsort.com>>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > Here's a mode we use that would be hard to pick up on...(we all are in
      > > an open space)
      > >
      > > This kind of evolved over time
      > >
      > > we use Instant Messaging to initiate a conversation....at some point in
      > > the future the person/persons will respond to it and a conversation may
      > > start.
      > >
      > > so if you were observing you'd see
      > >
      > > - nothing....the entire conversation is IMed
      > > - Someone says something seemingly random like "23 if you have it" and
      > > someone says "ah right"
      > > - Or a full on conversation starts
      > > - talking and IMing at the same time
      > > - or other varying degrees of IM / Voice conversations
      > >
      > > Carol Wellington wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I am a computer science professor at Shippensburg University and I am
      > > > working on a project that includes trying to assess the types of
      > > > communication used in an XP team. As a starting point, we would like
      > > > to gather videos of teams working in an open workspace with the goal
      > > > of seeing the modes of communication and the communication paths that
      > > > are used. Therefore, we're wondering: are there any teams out there
      > > > that would be willing to set up a camera and film the room in action
      > > > for 1-2 hours? We promise that we will anonymize the analysis to
      > > > protect the innocent!
      > > >
      > > > You can find more information about our project at
      > > > http://clipper.ship.edu/~sehuddle/agilewidgets<http://clipper.ship.edu/%7Esehuddle/agilewidgets>
      > <http://clipper.ship.edu/%7Esehuddle/agilewidgets>
      > > > <http://clipper.ship.edu/%7Esehuddle/agilewidgets>
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > --
      > ---------------------------
      > Carol Wellington, PhD
      > Professor and Chair
      > Department of Computer Science
      > Shippensburg University
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