My personal problem with these models – in the heat of the moment, my brain just doesn’t quirk that way.
If anyone has seen me at a conference or meeting, or read any of my previous conference note posts, you will know that I take notes very quickly. Lots of writing. Lots of text. Very linear.
Whenever I’ve tried to adopt less linear note-taking techniques, I find that I miss really important information or struggle to make sense of my notes later on.
I find process notation models most useful when analyzing information – for myself.
Sophisticated process notation models like these require training.
They require the user to understand (and agree with) the assumptions behind the model.
My gut tells me to have the idea first, then generate pros and cons of that idea.
If I generate a document based on IBIS to hand to a user, this will be something I will need to make sure I explain.
If I have to explain part of it – it takes me farther from the goal of being able to hand something to the customer that they instantly understand.
I prefer having the customer focus on the decision or changes to their process vs. fixating on where the pros and cons are in the chart.
It’s about audience and views. Who is my audience for that view? How do I best communicate for that audience?
I want to be able to hand something to a customer and have them instantly understand what they are looking at.
More importantly, I want someone to be able to look at it and understand it well after anyone who was involved in the initial conversation has left.
The result often looks like stick figures on a flow chart.