[Chicago] Template Document

Carl Karsten carl at personnelware.com
Tue Nov 2 18:47:43 CET 2010

I did something very similar when I worked in a cube: so much of my
work involved email threads that I could use the subject as the
description, and the time stamps to figure out when and what
proportion of my time to allocate.

proportion means how much of my 8 hours does this represent?  If I
have 4 items in one day, each gets 2 hours.  if 2 are the same
subject, that gets rolled into 4 hours.  It was way more accurate than
anything else I was capable of.

I have no idea if management was
A) impressed with my detailed reports
B) satisfied that they had fulfilled their task of collecting reports
C) gave up bugging me for reports.

On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM, Brantley Harris <deadwisdom at gmail.com> wrote:
> You're doing this all wrong.  No one wants to read what you're doing,
> they want to scan a document and see that you're time and cost is
> being held accountable.  It's superficial and ridiculous.  What you
> need, good sir, is a bullshit generator.
> Look into Markov chains and Natural Language Generation.
> On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM, Samir Faci <samir at esamir.com> wrote:
>> I.  Rant
>> Okay.. so.. my work is currently driving me a bit crazy with reports...
>> daily, weekly, monthly.... and starting to feel like I should have a
>> staring role with Office Space (well, there is a Samir in that movie
>> ).
>> So.. I started a minor little pet project to encourage my laziness in
>> not keeping track of my time.
>> I basically setup an identi.ca server, and I tweet what I'm working
>> on... and it generates a report saying
>> yesterday:
>>  * task 1
>>  * task 2
>> Today:
>>  * task 1
>>  * task 2
>> which is all working fine.  Right now, I want to build a bit more
>> intelligence into it, and I was looking for some suggestions.
>> 1. Question 1
>> I don't want to statically define what the report should look like, so
>> I was looking for some form of already existing (ideally) or simple
>> too that would allow a user to define a document template
>> and have it define where certain data goes.....
>> I could probably write a very simple one on my own.. just wondering if
>> there was any pre-existing technology / standard that I should look
>> at.
>> ie:
>> <<Date>>
>>  *  <Task> <Delta>
>>  * <Task>  <Delta>
>> or...
>> <Date>, <Project>, <Task>
>> allowing the user to format his report anyway he wants without having
>> to touch the code....
>> Okay.. so did that make sense?  Let me know if I need to clarify
>> something... concept is still somewhat vague... but essentially I want
>> to build a tool to not have to deal with TPS reprots anymore.
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