Authors: Martin J. Eppler, Sebastian Kernbach, Benjamin Wiederkehr, Peter Gassner
Abstract: In this paper we propose an interactive knowledge visualization application that enables team members to integrate their knowledge about a project’s parameters (such as budget, scope, staffing etc.) through a visual, interactive configurator that also captures dependencies among these factors visually. The novelty of our approach can be seen in the fact that the diagram encodes knowledge from the participants in the interaction constraints encoded by and later on imposed on the user by the diagram. The dependencies among key factors of the team are encoded as sliders that move together. These dependencies help the team members understand and align their action constraints and allow them to record their experiences for subsequent teams in the diagram, as well as track their on-going project constellation. First focus groups with typical users of the confluence diagram (project managers) show that this is a highly useful and useable property that other diagrams cannot offer as of today.