Questions about some usability issues on the My Tasks screen.
On clicking “My Tasks”, a panel appears in the centre (horizontally) of the screen, with lots of whitespace either side. This panel contains a list of tasks. On clicking a task this panel jumps and left-justifies (so that a new panel may open to its right) - this jump creates extra visual work to have to look for the information again. I would think that consistently positioning objects in the same place makes a system predictable and easier to use.
However the larger bugbear is that the new panel at right hand side of the screen occupies only about 40% of the screen width. The left 10% is dedicated to the menu (fair enough) but then a full 50% of the screen width is dedicated to the panel listing tasks (in which I just clicked on a task). I would have thought once you click on a task you have made a selection that says “I want to see information about this task” and that the right panel should occupy about 80% of the screen width. As it stands, this view compacts the densest information on the page into a small space that is right-justified - firstly, this makes reading the information tedious because it is dense and a lot of scrolling is required; secondly because typical user interaction with web pages has users scanning in an F-shaped pattern and the right hand edge of the page is one of the least viewed portions of the screen - making searching for information here run against common instinct as well.
Lastly, although the screen is laid out as a series of panels, there are not adjustment tools (that I can find) to re-size those panels so that I can dedicate more screen real estate to the information that counts - the selected task.