We work with the world’s most advanced technologies in audio, video, networking and other areas. At places at our offices, you can see many high-tech gadgets, many of them not seen by the market yet. Strange algorithms and datasets running across displays. So you could think we are trying to use the most expensive and bleeding-edge technology wherever you can for whatever purpose, right?
]]>Not really. What all this technology teaches you is that you get tired of playing with it pretty soon, so you need to focus on what really matters and try to use whatever works for the rest of the stuff which is not at the core of what you’re doing. Booking meeting rooms is one example. There are many advanced calendaring packages on the market, but we haven’t really found one that we like. And it’s not our job to look for calendar packages, it’s our job to make Skype. So we just picked a solution that works. And has the following advantages:
* it’s multi-platform. It even works for mobile users. It supports more platforms than Skype itself.
* it’s international. The interface doesn’t need translation to be used by our multilingual staff.
* it’s extremely usable. You don’t have to click absolutely anywhere and go through menus if you want to get an overview of what’s going on. If you want to edit data, it requires just a few strokes of the palm.
* it’s multiuser — many people can use the system in quick succession without being afraid of running into locking or permissions problems.
What is it? See above — it’s two pieces of paper on the meeting room wall, for the current and next weeks, divided by weekdays and times of day. When you want a room, you walk up to it, you see what’s available, and you book it by writing in the blank space. It works on a “first come, first served” basis — you cannot edit other people’s data, so if you want to book a good time, you need to plan ahead, which is good for working habits. Pens are affordable enough that we can leave one hanging on each door. Yes, it makes you walk down the hall to book a room, but you can argue this is good for exercise
Re-posted from Siim Teller.