I spent a good deal of time today on a support call to a company that had provided us with a USB based graphics controller which stopped working on Friday. I was down to 2 displays and was amazed at the impact on my personal productivity.
When you do a lot of process work, or in my case work with a lot of people doing wildly different process documentation. There are documents open, TaskMaps in process and Excel spreadsheets in abundance. These different data sources are the meat and potatoes of organizational processes.
I had forgotten how useful having three screens are, and had fortunately found a fix that got my additional screen up and running by lunch today. Here are some of the benefits:
- No need to keep opening and closing files to see relevant information
- Avoids having to print source documents as you have them available on the screen for reference purposes
- Makes it simple to move from one screen to another when reviewing with clients. (WebEx or live meeting)
- No need to visit the sun tan parlor with all that radiation on your desktop
It is amazing how little this upgrade costs, about $50 for a decent USB graphics controller and another $100 for a LCD display screen and you have a lot of productivity for very little cash outlay. Anyone spending time on process maps will benefit considerably from this investment.