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an alternative way to represent time schedule tracking by stacking different lengths of Lego blocks as a way to convey different sequential time periods. stacking hourly rows on top of each other builds up the whole day, while color represents the different projects at hand. a whole week of time tracking is created by setting up a series of rainbow-colored days.

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see also: Fight Club movie narrative in Lego

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7 COMMENTS

This is a cool time-tracking method. I could also imagine using other aesthetically pleasing tokens, such as project-coded colored stones in the different bins of a Mancala board (though that could be prone to spillage).

As a "chart", I picture an Excel Lego-look chart style. Lots of people (correctly) object to 3D column charts, but real 3D seems a special case, and if you *do* use 3D, it should be Lego.

Thu 14 Aug 2008 at 2:10 AM
DQKennard

We've got to hand it to Michael...sometimes the most basic solutions are the most effective. In his article he did point out the one downside to he time tracking method:

"coworkers coming to your place and disassembling your time tracks". :)

Fri 15 Aug 2008 at 1:02 AM

i think we all need to step back a little and stop taking this visualisation business so seriously.

Fri 15 Aug 2008 at 8:14 AM
lukus

OK.

... (waiting for 1 second)

done!

:)

Fri 15 Aug 2008 at 10:38 AM
infosthetics

Now, all we need is a counting robot in a box (where we put all the bits at the end of the week) so that the information can be extracted into a digital representation.

Wed 17 Sep 2008 at 4:50 AM

hey lukus, i feel the same.
but since it is not real professional visualization (which is part of computer graphics in computer science) nobody who knows the difference takes it seriously anyway. we are just experiencing a hype and all the sudden everyone thinks visualization is defined by throwing some data into a visual representation.

Thu 18 Sep 2008 at 4:17 AM

I like the Lego scheduling concept but I need a Lego piece that you can insert a small piece of papar or card that you can write on. Does anyone have any ideas or know of a piece that can do that?

Fri 16 Jan 2009 at 1:31 AM
Howard
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