DesignMinders: A Design Knowledge Collaboration Approach

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Software developers face numerous challenges in capturing and reusing knowledge during informal design sessions. While the knowledge that is brought to bear and generated during these sessions provides valuable insights that can ideally be reused, informal software design is a time when developers are gathered at the whiteboard working to solve problem and during which the developer must remain "In the moment" while engaged in discussion and sketching. In this paper, the authors describe DesignMinders, a tool currently being developed to address these issues by augmenting an electronic whiteboard with the ability to capture, refine and explore design knowledge in the form of notecards. This paper documents the progress and describes several key challenges that they face.