27 August 2008

promise, tool, bargain

Chapter 11 of Shirky's Here comes everybody is entitled "Promise, tool, bargain." The premise is that "Every story in this book relies on a successful fusion of a plausable promise, an effective tool, and an acceptable bargain with the users" (p. 260). Boy, that really resonates. The problem with my office is that folks haven't bought into the bargain which does have some promise of helping the user and we've even got some decent tools that could evolve and become even more effective.

2 comments:

nbm said...

Sherman, quite possibly I'm missing the obvious, but what is the bargain?

shermaniac said...

When you're in an office, you act like there's a job to be done (the bargain), using the tools to build toward the promise.