The Decision Board Project
In 1997 I completed a PhD on interactive visualisation of data and statistical models. At that time I was really interested in how to support the sharing of decision making via visual representations. It was clear to me that having an external representation of a problem on a computer allowed it to be shared with and played with my groups of people who may well have difficulty communicating in other situations.
My example scenarios were real ones taken from interviews I carried out with engineers and statistical analysts at Philips in Eindhoven. They explained how they often found it hard to communicate mathematical analysis to the managers. The visualisation tools I subsequently developed aimed to bridge this gap and allow the flexible exploring of What-if scenarios.
At the time I thought that such tools were just around the corner. Over the years I have come across many other situations where an interactive problem based representation would prove invaluable as a vehicle for communication. I labelled these tools Decision Boards (as opposed to dash boards, monitoring boards or analysis boards (see my discussion on the Perceptual Edge Forum – I have copied the comment below)).
Since 1997 the situation has changed – technology is much faster and more accessible. The web has made sharing and communicating more and more possible. Yet my vision of these decision boards has not materialized. Why is this?
Perhaps I just haven’t looked hard enough? Perhaps they do exist but are hidden within large organizations. Perhaps no-one has bothered to try.
I am actively seeking collaborators to develop a few example decision boards with me. I am interested in talking to anyone with relevent problems or programming skills who would like to be involved.
Any thoughts on any of this please comment below.