Right after the terrific week of prioritization exercises in Boston with the GCPC (Global Customer Partnership Council), I flew to Miami for the Lotus Advisor Summit/conference. The first day (Last Monday) was challenging weather-wise-- we had torrential downpour and gale force winds. I am admittedly a Hurricane weenie, and when I looked out my hotel room window, I was ready to evacuate!
The locals assured me that it was nothing. So I donned my fancy black "presentation garb" and then zipped my LL Bean waterproof slicker over top of it for the 10 minute walk to the conference center.
Needless to say, by the time I arrived I was soaked-- partly from the rain, and partly from the inside out because it was 90 Farenheit and that slicker had me sweating up a storm.... (no less smelly than when I had to deliver a talk in London without havnig bathed for 2 days due to a water main break and no water in the hotel... but that's another story...)
The conference went well, and I proceeded to Black River NY for my father and step-mother's 25th wedding anniversary. They renewed their vows in church and then we had a wonderful dinner. For the first time ever, all 18 of their grandchildren were present, and we took some great pictures.
Now that the long weekend is over, I'll return to work and begin working through designs for the list of prioritized features. I'm really looking forward to spending some time on design, since the last month has been more focused on promoting Notes 8 than designing Notes 8.5.
Designing the User Experience for Lotus Notes andSametime
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The Notes "next big release" is the one after the 8.0.1 point release that was announced on September 18th. The Notes 8.0.1 point release -- at least those things in it-- are pretty final now and we're fixing bugs.
Last week the design and user research team held an exercise to prioritize the Notes client features in the "next big release." We did this at the yearly meeting of our "Global Customer Partnership Council. " So that means that the council got to represent all of you in terms of which features are important to put in the next big release. Due to confidentiality restrictions, we can't share everything with you (at least not right now), but here are a few of the results below. The Council could rate things as a P1, P2, P3 or "put it in the trash" -- meaning, "Do not bother to build this."
P 1.5 - Samantha can put Urls, Doc links and links to the Symphony editors on her Re-designed workspace
P 1.5 Samantha will receive Notifications from all plugins in a consistent way (e.g."new mail" slide-in box in lower right).
P 2 - Samantha can have her sidebar managed via policy, can import approved plugins, can efficiently manage a large number of plugins, and have location awareness in plugins"
In the trash:
The ability to put an anniversary on the calendar with no end date. (e.g. infinite repeat)
Now, we do want to make every effort to build the things you tell us are important. We also have to take into account other things like changing business climate and IBM corporate initiatives and so on. So I am unable to make any promises. But I am able at least to keep you updated :)