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Dual Screens Better Work Practice

I've been advocating a two-screen world from the day I hooked up a second screen to my laptop. Since then lots of things have gone well. Is that that 15% difference Robert mentions?

One thing they did learn, though: the average human is about 15% more productive if they have two screens to work at. Scobleizer

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There's another angle that needs reinforcing. The dual screen is a statement about change. It is a cue and demonstration that we are working and using new tools. So get the HR or Marketing director to adopts it issue a statement about changing work practices. Interest will go up too.

Anecdotally, the second screen is the "communication center" (IM / email / newreaders etc.) As a result consumer perceptions may be that this new "retail space" ie screen space is not owned by Microsoft. Most of the products I put and use there aren't. Most are products like Skype, Sharpreader, Trillian, and iTunes.

See also my comments with Robin Good last year.

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I have to attest to Stuart's vision and understanding in this.

Working with dual monitors and separating presence and comm/collab/conference monitoring tools from actual apps and documents you are working on can be indeed quite effective.

My right monitor, as Stuart rightly calls it, the "Communication Center", presently runs an array of presence/monitoring and tracking tools like Jabber, Groove, ASAP, Skype, an active RSS newsfeed window, and some RSS newsmastering alerts.


(What I can add from this fascinating contribution Stuart has made to my way of work is that if you have a laptop as your main machine, you need to have a Win XP for this to happen. Alternative you need to buy, a not so cheap, VGA PCMCIA card to add the capability for a second monitor to your notebook.)

Dina:

Believe me, it works ! I too like Stuart and Robin have a 'communications center' running parallel to my main work screen.

Thanks Stuart for the idea - and helping me set it up !

I am going to do this too - as I slowly (painful for someone as non-technical as me) pull together my personal information architecture.

The 15% differentiation is a concept we used to use all the time when I worked at Hay Management Consultants, referring to "just noticeable difference". In that case it was with respect to the difference in some aspect of a job evaluation factor. In this case, I guess it's the knowledge worker's personal equivalent - does it make a JND to the way in which I consume and produce information ?

I'll bet it does, and I will find out.

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