Re: Rant... please let me help you fix the user interface

Subject: Re: Rant... please let me help you fix the user interface
From: "Mike Starr" <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: <sintac -at- home -dot- nl>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 03:26:04 -0500

I don't intend to give up... I know the guys I'm working with are pretty
much on my side as far as these things go. I suspect in the long run, most
of the changes I'm suggesting will eventually be implemented. It's just that
it may not follow the path I'd choose. I've definitely used screen captures
to my advantage in this process. I'll take a screen capture, then tweak it
myself to show the flaws in the existing version and the reasoning behind
what I'm suggesting.

I think one of the things on their mind might be "He's spending time on this
stuff and we want him to focus on writing the docs". In order to address
that concern (even though I don't believe I'm actually diverting much time
from writing the documentation) I'll take that aspect of what I'm doing
offline... I'll work on it at home during off hours. I believe in it enough
that I'm willing to do it on my own time, without pay.

Best regards,

Mike
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Simon North" <sintac -at- home -dot- nl>
To: "Mike Starr" <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Cc: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: Rant... please let me help you fix the user interface

> Hooooo boy!
>
> My heart bleeds for you Mike.
>
> I followed a simple path at my current gig; except that our software
> has non-Windows, proprietary interface and the original docs were
> written by the QA manager - so they are/were totally software-oriented
> and read more like specs than user docs (except we don't have specs).
> Can you imagine a Dreamweaver help project where every single file is
> in a separate directory and they are ALL called 'index.htm'?
>
> The major difference is that I was lucky enough to be given the chance to
> 'put my money where my mouth was' and come up with some suggestions. I
> put a lot of effort into making a full-scale presentation to my boss, who
> was
> fortunately impressed enough to make me repeat it to all of R&D, and I now
> get to help with the development of the GUI and do a formal usability
> evaluation of all products and projects. Of course, it sounds simple put
> like
> this, but the process took nearly 2 years and we have an awful long way to
> go yet.
>
> The only suggestions I might give that could be of any use are: 1) don't
> give
> up! 2) take it one (small) battle at a time 3) pictures speak louder than
> words ... and some a few good 'reductio ad absurbam' of existing gaffes
> can
> win a lot of converts.
>
> For what little it's worth,
>
> Simon.

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