Remote participatory design

28 Jun 2011 - 4:30am
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Al McFarland
2008

I am looking to conduct a series of requirements discovery exercises and would like to use a "team" participatory design approach.  The catch is that these exercises must be conducted remotely.

After doing a little research on the web, seems that any kind of software tool or integrated tools (e.g., card sorting) can handle only one participant at a time, and there is no provision for the participant to create their own sort items, or ability to create an arbitrary oranization of card objects on the UI screen surface.

Does anyone know of remote software tools that will support multiple concurrent participants, free listing of sort items, and arbitrary x,y positioning of card objects?

Thanks in advance,

Al

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28 Jun 2011 - 7:06am
Marcy Jacobs
2005

Hi Al,try Edistorm. Users have to sign up for a free account but then you can have real time online collaboration, brain storming, sorting. very cool.Marcy
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Subject: [IxDA] Remote participatory design

I am looking to conduct a series of requirements discovery exercises and would like to use a "team" participatory design approach.  The catch is that these exercises must be conducted remotely.

After doing a little research on the web, seems that any kind of software tool or integrated tools (e.g., card sorting) can handle only one participant at a time, and there is no provision for the participant to create their own sort items, or ability to create an arbitrary oranization of card objects on the UI screen surface.

Does anyone know of remote software tools that will support multiple concurrent participants, free listing of sort items, and arbitrary x,y positioning of card objects?

Thanks in advance,

Al

28 Jun 2011 - 10:05am
Fred van Amstel
2005

Hello Al!

I'm researching this type of tools and I know they are very scarce. The best you can do is to adapt generic tools to your needs.

Google Docs can do a lot of good stuff if you provide a document template for users. It's very reliable, comparing to others.


MindMeister can also afford realtime collab and it provides a very nice version timeline, but it's restricted to the hierarchical mindmap format (that could be suited for a taxonomy) http://www.mindmeister.com/


And the most flexible I know is http://cacoo.com/ but I don't know if it's reliable enough.

I recommend you to use a second channel for backup, like Skype or chat to help people detect and correct connection synchronization problems that is very common in this systems.


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22 Aug 2011 - 12:32pm
Alicia Nachman
2009

Take a look at http://innovationgames.com/. I haven't tried it myself yet, but they have some of the games featured in the book Gamestorming.

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