Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 05:27:06 -0800
Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111 2496
SDS features questions
Sorry for the length of these emails but you brought it on yourself! (g)
I have read most of the easily reachable documents pertaining to SDS.
I find rather little description of SDS features directly, but there are
numerous implied features. I would like to know which of these features
currently exist and whether any of the ones that don't are planned to be
Core of Engineers:
The discussion of building the record from initial information prompts the
- How does SDS handle "foreign" documents? Is it able to launch programs
(Word, Excel) to operate on them?
- Are hard copy documents scanned or are notes concerning them all
that show in the record?
- Are records of meetings, calls and other interactions that are not
in machine readable form handled only as notes in the record?
Dialog, Documents, and Human Memory
- Does SDS have any means of locating and managing acronyms? Acronyms are
a major pain in large system, particularly government ones.
- "'Aligning people' requires checking to ensure common
understandings that maintain shared meaning."
- Does SDS support any sort of glossary / thesaurus system to manage
definitions of terms?
- I assume that the line numbering of legal documents is the source
of the line numbering idea in SDS.
- Does SDS have spell checking?
- Are changes ever made to original records to correct errors in
transcription, typos, etc. as opposed to adding notes for new materials
or revised perspectives?
Executive Mindset, Solving Obstacle to Leadership
[Says in part... ]
"A strategy to meet the resistance of deferred reward modalities is to use a
specialist to create the data base of management details, similar to the way
an architect creates and maintains the details needed to construct a
This leads up to the need for an information specialist.
- Compare some of this specialist's activities with "technography" at...
- Jeff Conklin discusses the use of IBIS for meeting facilitation at
length. He estimates that a six-month full time apprenticeship is
required to bring a person to full competence in this sort of meeting
facilitation. I expect that the "technography" approach, which uses
outlining, is comparable. Do you have any estimates as to how long it
will take to become proficient at meeting facilitation using SDS?
Typical Day Scenario using the SDS Program
- Is SDS an email client, or does it interfaced with one or more? SDS is
used track incoming email and to compose outgoing email, so it would
make sense that it would be an email client.
- Since the SDS record appears to be a shared record, is it possible
to create SDS records that automatically show up in the recipient's in
box, thus removing much of the need for email at all.
- How is the list of prior related events pruned? How do you decide
when the history extends too far back? The current project or subproject
had an origin and tracking before that with other than a link is
pointless. Is there any attempt to limit list length based on relevancy?
- The scenario tells of a reboot to test the Microsoft fix and then
returning to the interrupted SDS session. Does SDS preserve session
state across reboots, that is session is persistent?
- The scenario tells of a remote session to show Helen the working
of an SDS feature. Does SDS support this sort of remote invocation? Is
there some other software involved?
- The conversation with Wendy on the Microsoft result where she says
that she will just link into the SDS record implies a shared data
repository, and a personal repository for each user. How does SDS manage
shared and private data?
Garold L. Johnson