Finding Whoa from Office 2.0


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  • Finding Whoa Proposed talk for the Office 2.0 conference: Productivity Track Finding Whoa: What makes an amazing productivity application? A combination of theory and practice looking applications that achieve that state of near "nerdvana" by making a task or process or the like so simple you sit back had say "whoa".   What are the key parts of "whoa"? What what works, and doesn't, in making an potential "whoa" app? Practical examples from my own workflow like: ClearContex for Outlook clearing out your inbox MindManager (several applications) Excel Autosum The goal of the talk is for it to help developers understand what they can to do make whoa apps, teach people a few tricks they might not know, and encourage discussion/sharing of those "whoa" moments. It is important to note that while I might use particular products as examples, this is not intended to be a product pitch.   I want both developers and users to look for and develop "whoa" applications.
  • Finding Whoa from Office 2.0

    1. Finding Whoa Finding Whoa at Office 2.0
    2. What is whoa <ul><li>Simplifies a process </li></ul><ul><li>Hits some part of GTD </li></ul><ul><li>Saves you time doing a task </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you a new perspective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>look at data in a new way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attacks a problem with a new solution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Presents you with new information you need when you need it </li></ul>Finding Whoa at Office 2.0
    3. What works <ul><li>Easy </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little learning needed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doesn't force a complete change in workflow </li></ul><ul><li>There is little to no cost of switching </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly becomes essential </li></ul>Finding Whoa at Office 2.0
    4. What doesn't <ul><li>Hard to use and unintiative </li></ul><ul><li>Clashes with your workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Also... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy resource requirements on your machine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compatibility issues with other applications or colleagues </li></ul></ul>Finding Whoa at Office 2.0
    5. Remember Your First Whoa? <ul><li>Apple IIe, writing a term paper in a word processor ... never looked back </li></ul><ul><li>What made it whoa? </li></ul><ul><li>And not being the teacher's pet ... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No re-writing term paper drafts by hand any more! </li></ul></ul>
    6. What Happened to Whoa? <ul><li>Applications got big </li></ul><ul><li>Applications got complex </li></ul><ul><li>And we wanted it all... </li></ul>
    7. Managing My Inbox with ClearContext <ul><li>Hundreds of e-mails filed with a few clicks </li></ul><ul><li>Sent messages file with related messages </li></ul><ul><li>Based on topics I assign and are meaningful to me </li></ul>
    8. Whoa Principle #1 <ul><li>Don't make me change my ways, much </li></ul>
    9. Whoa Principle #2 <ul><li>Shallow learning curve to get a lot out of it </li></ul>
    10. MindManager Export to Word or PowerPoint <ul><li>Wrote an agenda for an all-day strat meeting in MindManager (with a built-in template) </li></ul><ul><li>Took notes on the map </li></ul><ul><li>Exported map to Word for distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Checked document </li></ul><ul><li>E-mailed to colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Elapsed time: 15 mins </li></ul>
    11. Whoa Principle #3 <ul><li>Save me some time or take my pain away </li></ul>
    12. The River of News <ul><li>Take several hundred RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for mind numbing level of information </li></ul><ul><li>Gather, cluster, sythesize into something more prioritized </li></ul><ul><li>Attensa </li></ul><ul><li>FeedDemon </li></ul>
    13. Whoa Principle #4 <ul><li>Give me the information I need in a new and unique way </li></ul>
    14. Other Examples: Autosum & Auto Fill <ul><li>Seemingly simple, but amazingly powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Two clicks and you have a sum of the row or column </li></ul><ul><li>Auto fill: Follows a pattern and continues </li></ul>
    15. SnagIt <ul><li>Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Can be turned on and off quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Sends to many places (Office, OneNote, Live Writer) </li></ul><ul><li>Pull from many places (IE, Firefox, Outlook) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy image editing </li></ul>
    16. Recent Whoas <ul><li>ThinkFree Premium on the plane </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast, light, easy on the battery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Michael Silwinski </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs & Spreadsheets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting a document written without needing to install an office suite </li></ul></ul>
    17. Close to Whoa <ul><li>Groove </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource heavy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caused other problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OneNote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I know it's there somewhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost too out of sight out of mind </li></ul></ul>
    18. Getting to Whoa <ul><li>Get outside of your box </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the novice use it </li></ul><ul><li>Think about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intuitiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workflow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements </li></ul></ul>
    19. Have more whoas? <ul><li>Let me know ... </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>