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Thanks to everyone who sent me recommendations for software products that allow you to store and manipulate affinity diagramming observations. These are wonderful ideas!

Kay


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From: Jack Baty [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 5:59 PM
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Subject: Re: seeking "industrial strength" sticky-note/affinity diagramming software

Tinderbox seems like a good fit for what you're trying to do. 
http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox . Mac only though. 

Some examples in the Flickr gallery here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/726362@N21/
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From: Joe Leech [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 4:59 AM
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Subject: Re: seeking "industrial strength" sticky-note/affinity diagramming software

Hi Kay, 

You could try and use either OminGraffle or Visio, they should be able to cope with sheer number of page elements.  If you are using Mac you could try XSort. 

Try looking into Agile software tools.  Agile use the concept of cards/stories to capture requirement so the software they use can cope with a large number of 'things' written on 'cards' 

Here's some:
http://www.xplanner.org/index.html
http://www.cardmeeting.com/

Good luck,

joe
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From: ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors (Open Discussion) [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matthew Belge
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:21 AM
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Subject: Re: seeking "industrial strength" sticky-note/affinity diagramming software

I don't know of a software application designed specifically for what you seek, but here are two suggestions:
1) Your favorite spreadsheet (Excel, etc.) there are various ways to set them up to make this work
2) Card sorting tools. I have used Optimal Sort and found it to be quite easy to use. Not sure if it can handle 1000 items, and its not really for what you are looking for, but its close. 

In either case, you might want to search the web for various articles about Card sorting. I know this isn't exactly what you are looking for, but its the closest thing I can think of. 

-matt belge
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From: Farzana Hussein [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 6:48 AM
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Subject: Re: seeking "industrial strength" sticky-note/affinity diagramming software

Try MINDJET

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From: David More [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 2:50 AM
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Subject: Re: seeking "industrial strength" sticky-note/affinity diagramming software

Take a look at NVivo and XSight (http://www.qsrinternational.com/). 

I believe MindManager (http://info.mindjet.com/mind_mapping.html) may also be able to handle that type of data

Why not just use paper? Affinity diagramming onscreen suffers from screen size limitations, but using an entire wall is very effective. 

David More
Information, experience & design consultant 

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NOTE FROM KELLY: please e-mail her if you would like to see an example of her card sort spreadsheet. 

From: Kelly Monahan [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 6:57 AM
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Subject: Re: seeking "industrial strength" sticky-note/affinity diagramming software

Hi Kay,

I am a PhD student and I've done some work with affinity diagrams. I tried a few different software packages, but ended up settling on MS Excel - it's easy to use, and the fact that everyone has it means I can email my affinity diagram to anyone and they can view it easily. 

As you will see, the constraints of the screen mean that the top-to-bottom structure of a wall diagram has been translated to a left-to-right structure to maximise readability, and I've labelled each section with a reference number to aid me in locating specific data easily. 

Kind regards,
Kelly Monahan

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On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 3:31 AM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi - I am working on a user research project with over a dozen participants and we will be using affintity diagramming to make sense of the data. It looks like we may have over 1000 sticky notes by the time we are finished. 

Can anyone suggest a software tool that can handle this number of observations, and allow us to easily maniupulate them?

I have been experimenting with MS "Sticky Notes" but it keep freezing up on me!

thanks -

Kay Corry Aubrey

Usability Research & User-centered design
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Kay Corry Aubrey | Usability Resources Inc | www.UsabilityResources.net
Phone: (781) 275-3020 | e:mail [log in to unmask]





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