Lin, Ivan and I have completed our data analysis. For complete details, please download our handouts in PDF format. Our main observations include:
The rooms are being heavily booked by students and staff and rarely booked by regular faculty
EDD Students book rooms at higher rates compared to other student groups (i.e. - MA or PHD students)
The programs that use the rooms most heavily are the groups concerned with Organizations (Organizational Psychology and Organization & Leadership), followed by Adult Ed and TEOSL
30% of people booking rooms live within walking dista...
This is a "what we noticed" list, not necessarily a set of problems:
1. some student groups block long periods of time on multiple days -- currently "AGXB," regression analysis, dissertation group X.
2. there are many "repeaters" on the system -- i.e., the total number of unique reservers might be interesting to count
3. student groups are registered in one name only -- that is, the system doesn't record who else will be in the room.
4. sometimes reserved rooms aren't being used (like when the principal's group vacated multiple small rooms to go outside and take advantage of the ni...
I thought "room reservations" was too limited a concept for the Wow Factor we ned so I tried a Google search: "meeting services" software reviews and found:
Facility Scheduling Software from Business-Software-Guide.com:
Top 5 Facility Scheduling Software
"We have reviewed the following Facility Scheduling software packages. They tend to be the most popular in their categories or have the most complete feature sets. There may be other excellent software packages that we have not listed he...
See how IDEO presents their work on RoomWizard and note the teams that were involved in its development.
This case study of the use of RoomWizard at British Petroleum touches on some of the problems we have been discussing in regard to our own room booking process.
The demo for the Steelcase RoomWizard is worth a look because it steps through the room reservation process. It also shows how rooms can be released or reserved at the last minute.
Check out the press release on an integrated solution to room scheduling the combines web software with lcd panels at the entrance to each room to allow people to book and release rooms on the fly. This solution might allow our "squatters" to use the room booking system in a way that is more integrated with their patterns of behavior.
This article on dedicated team rooms has some implications for the collaboration support services that we are considering as part of the redesign of the room booking system. It also have implications for space for our own collaboration. Notice the links to other resources as well.
I skulked around for an hour this afternoon (from 3:15 until about 4:15), resisting the feeling that I was monitoring compliance because, overall, things in that hour were not as they were "supposed to be."
The good news is that, until 4:00, almost all rooms were in use and, for the most part, they weren't study carrels. People were working together. AS best I could suss out, only two were being used for their reserved purpose -- a staff meeting in 202 reserved by Medina and an applied regression study group meeting, though only one member had shown up when I was there. All others were poa...
A random encounter with Pradeep Sharma's (Design Management Journal) The Importance of Mess in a New Zealand design magazine a few years ago.
Mess, or now commonly referred as complexity across disciplines, stands as an alternative to the deterministic model of science where a universe unfolds like a perfect mating according to predetermine, laws, models, strategies , methodologies, etc. . This is the based of the majority of academic thinking.
“In all the years that I have been involved in product design and development as a practitioner and as an academic, I am convinced that linea...