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Comprehensively Managed User Workspace

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123816D
Original Publication Date: 1999-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 4 page(s) / 192K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bandat, K: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Projects in the domain of information technology in an enterprise are frequently executed on computer workstations by teams of people, where individual persons work in specialized roles in such projects. Individual persons may simultaneously be members in the teams of more than one project, and may work in multiple roles in one project or across projects.

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Comprehensively Managed User Workspace

   Projects in the domain of information technology in an
enterprise are frequently executed on computer workstations by teams
of people, where individual persons work in specialized roles in such
projects.  Individual persons may simultaneously be members in the
teams of more than one project, and may work in multiple roles in one
project or across projects.

   It is of utmost importance for achieving both high quality
of the project process and of the project deliverables, as well as
for achieving high productivity in project work, that persons
working in such teams find the optimal support, tailored to their
current needs in the roles they are currently playing, on the
workstation they are using as 'comprehensively managed user
workplace'.

   A prerequisite for supporting comprehensively managed
workplaces across the projects in an enterprise is the complete and
comprehensive definition of the enterprise project context, in terms
of well defined work processes and their involved work objects.  Such
definitions must be based on conceptual data models, best involving
integrated object and workflow views.

   Based on such a conceptual data model for the business
domain of an enterprise, for a specific set of projects, teams and
team members the concrete data base for an enterprise can be
defined.  Such a data base must contain specifications for the
complete set of all concrete elements of work, both functions
(activities) and data (objects) for the enterprise.

   Taking as an example the business domain of Software
Engineering (software development), such a concrete set of work
elements must at least contain the specifications for the following
types:
  o  user roles in which the team members can operate,
  o  the list of all persons that can act as team members,
     with the user roles they can assume,
  o  the list of all projects defined and currently active in
     the enterprise, and their current state of execution,
  o  for each project, the defined work process to be executed
     and its execution state
  o  for each project, the comprehensive set of project and
     resource management data, as work plan with assigned
     schedules, planned resources (users etc.), progress
     achieved in the project, all project accompanying metrics
     about planned and consumed resources, and process and
     object quality plans and measurement data (and conceivably
     many more items),
  o  for each work process, the workflow activities to be
     executed and their execution state
  o  for each activity, the required user roles, the required
     objects and their states as input to an activity, and the
     output objects and their states to be delivered from the
     activity
  o  the current state of each activity, with assigned users
     in roles, state of activity execution, current status
     of input a...