CPSC 672: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Christopher R. King Contact Information: phone: (979)219-3430
My basic interest in CSCW is to understand a number of
user behavior patterns I have encountered while building such
systems on the job over the past 15 years. I have had a number of successes, but
the failures frustrate me since it is due to user issues that do not
seem rational from a technology position.
Additionally, I am developing a computer management system as a contract developer to manage
the delivery of over 3000 meals a day for Houston residents as part of the city's Meals on Wheels
program, and hope that what I learn from the class will help me do a good job on that project.
With exception to email, the only collaborative software system I use regularly
is a project management system that I developed. It has been in service for over
four years and is used to maintain information about what is currently going
on with projects and jobs, as well as to provide chronicled documentation of past work.
It does not schedule anything, but does include a calendar since that view of data is one that
is familiar with many users, the calendar is publicly viewable by all users of the system. It sends
out email notifications to people that are listed as associated with jobs and projects when a
status report is generated on a job within a project. It has been successful in some instances
and has failed in others.