Shrödinger’s Elevator

therbligs_lgThe Xtrant offices reside on the 4th (and top) floor of our building – a converted cotton warehouse in downtown Memphis.  There are two elevators in our building – they are around the corner from one another.

The “New” elevator around the corner has an indicator of what floor it is on – on every floor.

The “Main” elevator only has an indicator on the lobby floor.

This has caused me (and many of the folks who work in our building) to adapt our behavior.  When we approach the elevators, we first check the “new” elevator to see if it’s on our floor.  If so – decision made – hit the button and ride it down.  We know that the elevator is already there waiting for us.

But if the “new” elevator indicates it’s on another floor we beeline to the “main” elevator and take our chances.  That main elevator is like Shrödinger’s cat. It exists in a cloud of probabilities that include the chance the elevator is waiting and ready behind those closed doors.  We know that we’ll have to wait for the new elevator, but we may not have to wait for the main elevator.  We’re adapting our behavior to favor efficiency.

To save time.

Time is the most precious commodity we humans have, and wasting time is literally robbing life from us.

What does that have to do with Xtrant and Productive Sharing?

Years ago we created the first version of Xtrant as the client extranet for Sposto Interactive. It stemmed from my pure HATRED of chores.  In this case keeping track of projects for various clients and the need to document and track and file and account.  We could have hired people to do those chores (i.e. middle managers), but instead we developed a software layer to sit between our clients and the team doing the work.

This gave us two benefits:

1. Communicating and sharing through the extranet created an automatic “paper trail” needed for accountability. No extra steps.

2. By not needing as much middle management we could hire more “billable” employees. (Writers, designers, developers, art directors and creative managers.)

There is value in the act of creation.  When that creative flow has to stop to document and organize for the benefit of others – or even for yourself, you lose some of that value.  Chores are necessary to prevent entropy, and to ensure accountability, but they are not part of the work product.


Fewer chores mean more time for work AND play!

By streamlining workflow, and reducing the number of chores, you can get “more work” done and  get more life out of life. You can get more work done in less time, have more personal time to grow, think and recharge – and make “work” time all the more productive.

Communicating and sharing and managing your projects through Xtrant lets the chores happen organically.  It’s part of the process.

That’s the magic of Xtrant. That’s the power of productive sharing®.