[portland] Short essay on workflow

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Wed May 6 16:57:54 CEST 2009

Re:  http://controlroom.blogspot.com/2009/05/workflow.html

I blogged this little essay on "workflow" this morning, inviting
discussion and feedback (to this list even).  If we get a little
thread going, I'll link to it.

This is sort of in the spirit of OS Bridge, wanting to bring cultural
and chemistry issues to the foreground (to use the conference track
shop talk).

Regarding Lindsey, mentioned in the opening paragraph, she's worked in
C, Perl, JavaScript (also SVG -- to generate wiring diagrams from a
database, way cool).

I encouraged her to check out (a) Calagator (b) Cubespace and (c)
FreeGeek (she's only been in Portland a few days, moved here from West
Virginia or one of those).

She's especially interested in getting into home monitoring of power
consumption i.e. graphing what each of your appliances are doing,
giving home owners like a control panel, or at least feedback.  She
expects others are working on this and would like to get involved.

I don't have an email address though.  Maybe we'll see her around.


PS:  the workflow essay stems from long experience working in the
nonprofit sector around Greater Portland, including pre FOSS (gotta
remember, FOSS is new).  I've always wanted clients to develop as much
ownership over the software as feasible, think with FOSS philosophy
and simpler approaches, that's often an attainable goal.

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