In the Text vs. Pictures discussion, Michael Bloomenfeld commented...
>Does computer graphics animation give us new or different tools as we pass
>through the analog to digital threshold?
Sometimes managers get into the pictures TOO much! Our methodology
reveals the emergent structures within organizations(informal networks,
info flows, communities of practice, sources of expertise, pools of
knowledge, etc.). We provide this feedback through organizational
diagrams and measures of the dynamics in those diagrams. It seems that
managers spend 95% of the time looking at the diagrams and very little
looking at the measurement reports -- yet you NEED the measures to help
you interpret what you see in the diagrams.
Just looking at the pictures CAN give a false reading -- especially to the
untrained eye (a manager seeing these daigrams for the first time).
I find it necessary to explain pictures with text and numbers. It's not
Text vs.(or) Pictures, it is Text(inc. numbers) AND Pictures.
-- Valdis Krebs Krebs & Associates Los Angeles, CA