IBMers speak up about eProductivity and switching to Verse
May 27, 2015 by Nathan Paul
In response to this, I decided to reach out to IBMers to find out three things:
1. What's eProductivity done for you?
2. What would happen if you lost eProductivity?
3. What do you think about switching to Verse?
I gave people these questions as suggestions (not requirements) for what to write about:
- How did you learn about eProductivity?
- What problem/pain you were trying to solve by using eProductivity?
- How long have you used eProductivity and how did it work for you?
- What were your favorite features?
- What impact has eProductivity had for you?
- If you were to lose eProductivity, how would it affect you?
I've received many responses; below are a few I've selected to share (and I may add more).
The below-named persons wish to make it known that their opinions, endorsements, testimonials, judgments, words, and statements of fact and value reflect only their individual views and apply solely to eProductivity, and do not reflect any opinion or judgment on IBM Verse or any other product, whether on their part or IBM's. All comments below are shared by permission of their respective authors.
That said . . .
Not having eProductivity will be a disaster for me.
I learned about eProductivity through David Allen and GTD and tried it out on several iPhone apps. They all lacked the very tight integration between mail and GTD that eProductivity provides, and since corporate policy is that no data can reside outside the firewall, eProductivity is the only tool that can comply.
My favorite features are: linking mails to projects; the Today view, and the Weekly Review Coach.
The impact on my job is simple: eProductivity keeps my mailbox at a manageable level and I'm in control of my todo's and forthcoming actions, which means I'm on top of my business.
I seriously hope you will consider making eProductivity for Verse!
I have found eProductivity essential to clearing my head on my priorities for each week, especially when things are very pressured and all of us have more to do than we can in the time available.
. . . I think eProductivity does a good job, considering it is an add-on above the basic Notes layer. Having invested the time and money in getting my projects and tasks set up, I would be reluctant to sacrifice that, so I would hope (and expect) that you guys provide some roadmap with the introduction of Verse.
Executive IT Architect
I was trying for years to find a system that would help me work on the right thing at the right time. I have been using eProductivity for two years, and it works excellently for me. Every action is recorded immediately; nothings getting lost anymore. Emails can be easily put into actions with the right categorisation.
It helped me (and still helps me) enormously to get everything done as quick as possible and keep my brain free. I know that every action that is coming into my mind is recorded and getting done soon. My productivity level has increased significantly. Over the last two years I completed 3000 actions. My Lotus Notes Mail In-box is always empty. eProductivity is a treasure for me!
For me, losing eProductivity would be catastrophic. I haven't tested Verse yet, but the increase in productivity I've had with eProductivity has been exponential during the last months I've been using it.
My full support on you adapting to Verse.
Julio Sánchez Cubas
IBM of Spain
*UPDATE* I've recently received this feedback as well:
I learned about eProductivity while searching for info on GTD suggestions and implementation. I've just started using it, and I find it a useful tool to improve my inbox handling. It's encouraged me to get my inbox much closer to zero than ever before, and I'm still working through it.
GTD [David Allen's Getting Things Done] can be done in Notes, but I like having projects and next actions more clearly integrated.
In Verse, I suspect I'll have to do more things manually than with eProductivity.
Senior Software Engineer
*UDATE 5/28* I just received this today:
I think I heard about eProductivity from an internal group here in IBM. At that time, I was already using David Allen's "Getting Things Done" and looking for ways to integrate that into my working tools.
I've been using eProductivity for about six years. It works pretty well. I have tweaked a couple of things, like adding a Next Actions view (you really need this!) to show Next Actions (and "orphan" actions that aren't attached to a project). The best thing is the ease of turning email into projects and actions.
eProductivity is how I manage my to-do list. To be honest, when I switch to Verse, I don't know what the impact will be. The ability to mark a mail as "Needs Action" is useful, but this feature clearly does not have the full action-management capability that eProductivity gives .
Dr. Keith Collyer
Rational Expert, Requirements
Medical Device and Electronic Design Solution Offering Lead
IBM Internet of Things Engineering Solutions
I'll just let those speak for themselves.
Based on all the marketing materials, Verse looks great -- but I've yet to see any user-generated content showing how someone uses it to get things done. I'm hoping we can help make Verse productive for people who use it.
More on Verse:
Will eProductivity work with IBM Verse?
IBM Verse: our challenge and opportunity
IBMers ask: Will I lose eProductivity to Verse?
More IBMer feedback:
This fantastic story from Michael Cheatham of IBM US.