This post is a continuation of our Defrag 2015 coverage from yesterday. Read on to hear about our favorite talks from day two.
Where Does the Time Go? – Researching Top Activities At Work
Lisa Kamm is a Product Manager at Google. She got involved with a project to figure out how Googler’s spend their time at work. How could they make it better? Do their mobile products support their own workflows?
Kamm and a team of curious Googlers embarked on a journey to find out. The project started with a collaborative session, where Lisa posed the question: “Wait… what are the top 100 things an employee does in an average day.” Oops. By asking the question she surreptitiously also volunteered to find an answer.
The search for answers started the way you’d expect. Being a Googler, Kamm began the hunt for answers by analyzing a large set of data. Logs from mobile phone and computer usage seemed to be the easiest way to go. There were some hurdles with actually obtaining the logs, as well as with personal privacy. Kamm prevailed in the end, and was able to crunch down 2.5 billion records to get the data she needed.