Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Old Thesis Ideas

At one point, I was going to do my thesis computer support for what I called "The Lunch Problem." The Lunch Problem consists of three questions that all must be answered at roughly the same time, because the answer to any one of them impacts the answers to the other two:

1. When are we going to lunch?
2. Where are we going for lunch?
3. Who is coming to lunch?

It's not as easy as it seems. Because if Janine is coming to lunch, I don't want to go. If we leave at 10:45, Brad can't make it. John had sushi last night. And so forth. It seemed like a hard groupware problem to me.

I'm reminded of this because I'm trying to schedule a dinner. I think we're on our third, and hopefully final date. We've also run into a few dietary restrictions on the way (and one date made it even worse.)


Blogger Kate Degelau-Pierce said...

You could try to prove the rule of thumb that if there are more than five people deciding where to go to lunch right now, that it takes too long to come to an agreement and you should bail out and go alone.

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