Your work environment: tell me how it's open, how it's closed.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:09pm
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andrew_hinton a...
2007

I'm collecting some anecdotal data on the sorts of environments we work
in.

If you don't mind taking a moment, could you answer these questions?

PLEASE respond to me directly. I'll be happy to summarize and share with
the list.

1. Are you allowed to try out software (apps, platforms, tools) on your
company computer with minimal hassle?

2. Can you use social software tools? (Linked In, Facebook, Instant
Messenger, Wikis, Blogs, etc?) Only some of them?

3. Are you or your team allowed to change your physical work space?
(Move things, move lighting, restructure, add furniture/fixtures,
etc?)

4. Are you freelance, in a consultant/agency group, or an "Innie" (an
internal employee of your 'client')?

Thanks a million!

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Andrew Hinton
inkblurt.com

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24 Sep 2007 - 7:37pm
LWee
2007

Hi, I work for an interactive agency in Melbourne Australia and we
pretty much have freedom in all the things you've mentioned in your
list.

1. Yes. We're currently evaluating Axure for use in the UE team.

2. Yes for all the sites you mentioned. The whole company uses
Instant Messenger for quick chats across different offices.

3. Pretty much yes for now but i think no in the future as the
Melbourne office is going through some renovation/restructuring.

4. Full time employee in an interactive company but will be moving to
SF in a few weeks' time!

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24 Sep 2007 - 8:32pm
Helen Killingbeck
2005

Hi Andrew:

I'm an innie "unfortunately"

1. Not allowed to try out software (apps, platforms, tools) on our company
computer with minimal hassle. In fact we have a certification process in
which Security must approve a download. Computers are swept eletronically
on a regular basis.

2. Re " Can you use social software tools? (Linked In, Facebook, Instant
essenger, Wikis, Blogs, etc?) Only some of them?" Instant Messenger is
restricted to within the corporate firewall. I can access Linked - in
however there are stringent security regulations for others and actual
blockage of many aspects of Google.

3 Re "...Are you or your team allowed to change your physical work space? We
can add personal pictures to our cubicle walls, otherwise and move is
mandated from corporate.

4. As per my opening....I'm definitely considered an "innie" working for a
major financial group in Canada.

Helen

On 9/24/07, andrew_hinton at vanguard.com <andrew_hinton at vanguard.com> wrote:
>
> I'm collecting some anecdotal data on the sorts of environments we work
> in.
>
> If you don't mind taking a moment, could you answer these questions?
>
> PLEASE respond to me directly. I'll be happy to summarize and share with
> the list.
>
>
> 1. Are you allowed to try out software (apps, platforms, tools) on your
> company computer with minimal hassle?
>
> 2. Can you use social software tools? (Linked In, Facebook, Instant
> Messenger, Wikis, Blogs, etc?) Only some of them?
>
> 3. Are you or your team allowed to change your physical work space?
> (Move things, move lighting, restructure, add furniture/fixtures,
> etc?)
>
> 4. Are you freelance, in a consultant/agency group, or an "Innie" (an
> internal employee of your 'client')?
>
>
>
> Thanks a million!
>
>
> ---
> Andrew Hinton
> inkblurt.com
>
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24 Sep 2007 - 9:04pm
SemanticWill
2007

IxDAers:

Reminder - for your own safety - respond directly to Andrew. Do not hit
"Reply All" because our list is public and is posted to the Discussion
portion of the ixda.org website. I encourage you all to fill out the form -
just send it directly to him - especially if your real name and the company
you work with is in your email.

--
~ will

See you at IxDA Interaction 08 | Savannah!! <http://interaction08.ixda.org/>

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will evans
user experience architect
wkevans4 at gmail.com
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24 Sep 2007 - 9:22pm
Todd Warfel
2003

On Sep 24, 2007, at 1:09 PM, andrew_hinton at vanguard.com wrote:

> 1. Are you allowed to try out software (apps, platforms, tools) on
> your company computer with minimal hassle?

Yes.

> 2. Can you use social software tools? (Linked In, Facebook, Instant
> Messenger, Wikis, Blogs, etc?) Only some of them?

Yes to all, but I find IM to be more of a time eater than a time
saver. Too many "friends" pinging me throughout the day. Which is why
I have my message set to "Leave a message."

> 3. Are you or your team allowed to change your physical work space?
> (Move things, move lighting, restructure, add furniture/fixtures,
> etc?)

Well, I hope so. Our space is totally open, no walls, no partitions.
The desks are all on rollers.

> 4. Are you freelance, in a consultant/agency group, or an
> "Innie" (an internal employee of your 'client')?

In a consulting group.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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24 Sep 2007 - 9:24pm
Todd Warfel
2003

Started reading Helen's responses and immediately pegged the
responses for a financial company. Sounds exactly like the
environments we've encountered working for several of our financial
services companies. While corporate environments tend to have more
restrictions, financial services tend to have the most.

On Sep 24, 2007, at 9:32 PM, Helen Killingbeck wrote:

> working for a major financial group in Canada.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
----------------------------------
Contact Info
Voice: (215) 825-7423
Email: todd at messagefirst.com
AIM: twarfel at mac.com
Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
----------------------------------
In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they are not.

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