Untangling Our Workflow
- I share my work to help us see the workflow taking place at our lab.
But first, I'm very happy to see the productive conversation at our
Cyfranogi working group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cyfranogi/ It
started when Steve Bosserman responded to Tom Wayburn's request for
help. Tom is currently working on an educational tool to show how
unsustainable most jobs are and the kinds of political changes that
help sparked many caring responses that contributed the most delightful
variety of wisdoms, including shamanic, Welsh coal miner, Hawaiian and
then reaching out from Alberta to Tanzania. Thank you to Terry Mace,
Geoff Thomas, Jon Cousins, Jon Love, Benoit Couture, Helen Mahoo, Janet
Feldman, John Rogers and all!
Meanwhile, I've been working on tagging our letters. I had trouble with
linking my tags at del.icio.us with our site (a hitch came up with the
MySQLicious software I was using). So I decided just to customize an
interface for the task. I made a version of our home page at
http://www.ms.lt that lets me set tags (from a pull down list) for all
the letters shown, rather than have to do that one at a time and wait
for the page to reload. So that saves a lot of time.
I also kept it very simple - I choose the tags from a pull down list
(see Actions). Usually it's quite tricky to categorize things. But by
thinking of our letters as part of a workflow (as Jeff Buderer has been
suggesting) I discovered that each letter typically has a clear place in
the workflow. This is all evolving, but here are the tags that I'm
using, and the pages that show the associated letters:
We'll probably add or change a few categories. Also, I should make a
map of the flow. But already I'm finding it very useful to help me
listen to all that's going on in our groups which is so easy to overlook.
Any thoughts? Do you find this useful? I do! How could it be more useful?
Would somebody like to help me tag our letters? The interface is
working but it would be nice to try it out with a couple of people to
see if it makes sense, and what you think of this task.
Also, a next step will be to link with our wikis in ways that encourage
us to draw material from our letters and create appropriate wiki pages.
Who might help with that? It would be good to customize this for a few
interested people to see what makes sense.
Jeff, what do you think? Is this a first step towards your idea of a
system for writing proposals? What might be next steps?
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