I'm working in an in-house studio. One of our directors has requested that a live screen with current studio capacity would be great for our sales reps / account managers to be able to see when we're free, and encourage them to look for work for us. (I work in PR in a team of three)
Ideally we'll be able to visually display this information using colours, or a pie chart or something. We use Briefcase for studio management.
Google came up blank - so I went straight to the source of all design wisdom. This forum.
**Idea 1: **
* Use an Asus Chromebit, plugged into a monitor on the wall.
* Have a Word Online Document that allows us to edit it simultaneously, we basically just edit it at the beginning of the day.
* Run second monitor from one of our iMacs
* Have an indesign file spit out a pdf - and have a static one created at the beginning of each day
I'm not familiar with the Briefcase environment, but assume you've looked into whether there's functionality there.
I don't have a solution, but it's a good question that I've wondered about also. I think your smallest problem is how to display the information. The bigger task is to work out how to gather the info:
- In time: ideally your sales reps would be looking for work just before capacity came up, so you were onboarding the job as your team's time was freed up for it. So really you want an upcoming capacity indicator, but one with enough flexibility to cover you when current jobs go off scope and blow out time/labour estimates.
- With detail: I assume that depending on what capacity you have coming available, you might search for particular jobs. No point looking for packaging projects if its your UX dev's time that is available
- Simply: managing lists manually is a bitch, so I reckon you'd rather a solution that is automatic or at the very least minimal. I've seen people use traffic light systems on job cards in Trello, which means we're swinging back to @scotty's excellent starting proposition ;P
Hey'all - I'm one of the co-founders from Jack.io. We're trying to make a business out of the "bigger task" of "gathering the info" of people interacting in space using sensors. However, it's sounds like studio capacity relates to quantifying individual workload? Is that correct? Maybe studio wide adoption of something like http://coincraft.co/ could provide additional value and the exact data you have been asked to visualise?
@cama we already have studio management software, so adding another level of admin is something we wish to avoid, but thanks for the info.
@psycsm - that's cool software, but overkill for us.
@cheli and @scotti - I actually suggested the defcon system and people liked the idea.
We actually have an old spare iMac lying around, so we're going to go for a blue-sky, edgy solution that 'pops' and takes it to the next level. ( We'll do the defcon thing, but digitally, with pretty pictures )