Apitz, G., Bederson, B., Shneiderman, B. (December 2006)
The main goal of this paper is to describe insights found from an exploration of the field of coordinated activities. Many things that we do in our daily lives can be seen as coordinated activities, that is, they are several seemingly independent activities that are coordinated by a common goal. For example if one wants to send a letter, a stamp and envelope is needed on top of writing the letter. Buying stamp and envelope and writing the letter is all coordinated by the goal of sending a letter. Since these coordinated activities consist of several activities that are executed seemingly independent of each other, they are prone to interruptions. Thus, the challenge arises in facilitating complete coordinated activities, where the users are supported in maintaining the flow [3, 5] in the execution of coordinated activities. We discuss scenarios of coordinated activities and how templates can be introduced to support the user to achieve successful completion of their coordinated activities.