A method to analyse team design activities
Authors: Kan, Jeff W.T. ; Gero, John S
ABSTRACT: This paper presents an approach to the analysis of the dynamics of team design
activities. The goal is to contribute to the future development of computer mediated collaborative
design (CMCD) tools by providing a method to compare face-to-face collaborative design with CMCD.
This approach is based on empirical techniques using “protocol analyses”. Traditional protocol
analyses code the protocols – verbal data and other activities, here we propose to code the links
among the protocols. These links form a linkographical representation which indicates the strength of
idea generation and the dynamics of design activities. A pilot study based on data obtained from 1994
Delft Protocol Analysis Workshop is conducted to test the feasibility of this method.