What is a Room in Qukku?

An Room in Qukku is work area to help you create new work products, make decision, solve problems, engage stakeholders, or share knowledge.  An Room is created using Guides in Qukku.  Qukku supports many different types of Guides that help you create Rooms to do your daily work.

 

So what makes up an Room?  

Qukku uses the Room metaphor to store and organize work.  Each room Consists of one or more SmartBoards.  Each SmartBoard contains the perfect view that combines your work, conversations around the work and the guidance to successfully complete the work.  The three sections that make up a SmartBoard as follows:

  1. A Post area - The post area allows the user to post their content.  You can use our editor to create the content or insert a file.  We currently support documents stored on One Drive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.  We also support uploading PDF files.  Qukku supports versioning of your Posts.
  2. Comments Area - The comments area allows the user to post comments.  Comments are threaded and can be resolved as you publish new version of your Post.
  3. Guidance - The Guidance area visible in the smart bar and access through the Compass Icon is unique to each board.  In custom Rooms, you can edit the guidance to provide specific instruction to the team for completing the board and guiding the work.

Figure 2. Qukku System Entities and their relationships

Room Detail View

Board Navigation

You can navigate between different sections of your Room by clicking on the Board Names.  When using our expert guides to create a new room, the number and names of the board are determined by the expert guide.  For Rooms created using our custom guides, the system allows you to edit the guidance and rename the board.  You can also add new boards to the room.  

NOTE: currently there is no way to delete a board.

Post Section

The post section of a SmartBoard consists of the most recent version of your content.  You can view previous versions by clicking on the navigation buttons in top middle of your post.  

Comment Section

The Comment section allows you and your team to discuss the content of the post section.  Qukku supports threaded comments so you can discuss a thought in detail while keeping all the of the discussion together in one comment block.  In addition, Each comment gets a topic assigned by the commenter to signal to the rest of the team about the topic of their comment.  Since topics are derived from the guidance, the whole discussion stays focused on the post and facilitates the convergence towards a shared understanding so necessary to rapidly improve your work product.  

Guidance Section (Smart Bar)

The guidance smartbar helps you to author the content for the current post on the SmartBoard of your work product and helps your team mates to provide you with feedback on your work product.  When you use a Qukku expert Guide, the guidance is provided by the Guide.  When you use custom Guide, you can author your own guidance.

Best practices for authoring your guidance is as follows:
  • Provide Board Goals.  A good board goal is a short sentence that defines success criteria for completing the post on the SmartBoard.
  • Topic Name.  Topics are created using `` (reverse quotes) when editing the guidance.  A good topic name is one word that clearly defines the topic you want to cover in the post.
  • Topic Description - Topic descriptions should ask key questions when answered will help the author to successfully cover the topic in the post section.  The description is also used by the team to provide feedback in the comments section. 
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