Tried Outlining program on easel pads?
Has anyone ever tried writing thier program outline (schema, types, classes, etc.) on easel pad sheets and posting those on the wall for easy reference?
I was in a session where something like that was used. The pad was on a easel and when a page was filled it was stuck up on the wall so we had all the pages visible at the same time. I don't recall anyone writing on the pages once they were off the easel so I don't know if that would work. I thought it workrd great.
Mr. A - If this is something that's going to stay around for a while, you could also do up the diagrams/tables/etc. and have them printed in large format on a plotter. Most Kinkos, etc. have the ability to do this.
Cheap solution: print to multiple pages and tape them together (invest in a roller cutter from staples - huge time save in trimming edges)
Actually, I want a tool that won't get in the way of the thinking. So, I'd prefer to write on the large sheets, rather than entering them in the computer and printing them.
I do this all the time. Two or three of us will go in the conference room and map out the solution to the problem. Then the person doing the actual coding will take the sheets back to his office/cube and hang them from the wall until he's done. It works great because the large sheets are easier for everyone to refer to at once.
Another cheap suggestion: go to Home Depot and get 8'x4' sheets of white board facing material. Ours were $12 each. They're not quite as erasable as standard whiteboards once you've let the design sit for a while, but extra whiteboard cleaning solution is also cheap. And if you deal with customers in the office, you may want to spend extra time and money framing them. But either way, it's the cheapest writable wall you'll ever own.
Those static sheets eventually lose their cling as well.
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