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Studying Group Decision Making in Affinity Diagramming

Judge, Tejinder K. and Pyla, Pardha S. and McCrickard, D. Scott and Harrison, Steve and Hartson, H. Rex (2008) Studying Group Decision Making in Affinity Diagramming. Technical Report TR-08-16, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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Affinity diagramming is a commonly used contextual design practice for which many tools have been developed. However, experts and novices alike eschew tool use, instead using traditional paper and whiteboard methods. This paper presents observations of traditional affinity diagramming sessions, focusing on three areas of consideration—shared awareness, cognitive offloading, and understanding, organizing and searching—that are important for collaborative tools. Specific design requirements for each of these three areas are described.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Affinity diagram, collaboration, shared awareness, cognitive offloading, large screen displays, CSCW
Subjects:Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction
Computer Science > Software Engineering
ID Code:1043
Deposited By:Judge, Tejinder
Deposited On:01 September 2008