Email Just Doesn’t Cut It November 27, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.
At least, not my emails. I’m working on this analysis with people from all over North America. We all are operating on different schedules, and we are often not online at the same time (heck, I’m doing owl shifts right now). We have a weekly meeting, but at the moment that isn’t often enough.
So, how to collaborate? Mostly we use email. And sometimes we use IM. But for detailed discussions, email is the usual way we go. Last night I was seeing something funny in my analysis, so I sent an email around. It was long. It had many details. It was very dense. No one responded.🙂 Basically, it was too hard to read. As one fellow here says “If there is something in the email more than 3 lines down I don’t know what it is” — he never reads more than the first part of the email. Especially in the current rush of getting this analysis out I think most of us are in this mode.
So, what to do? I’ve seen several people put together a talk — a deck of transparencies. They never plan to give the talk: it is just a less dense way to put the information together and a way to make it easier to read.
Unfortunately, for me to do this right I need to pull together lots of data and make nice plots. But perhaps that is the point: they is why it is easier to understand.
Time to try something new and give it a try!