So, we had this idea of putting everything in a big list and sorting it. Now that I've started, I think continuing that plan is dumb. Not that the process hasn't helped, but I want to shift how we move forward now.
We have a huge list, a few specifically. We have tickets already, we have stuff noted. The issue we had relate to needing the top priorities clearly identified (but not about having the rest of the lower-priorities all sorted by priority) and to clarifying the motivations for each issue so that the details could be determined clearly by everyone involved. For example, we know that making the how-it-works introductory material effective and complete is a high priority. The trouble came from having the tasks be "let's say X" or an illustration made or a wording proposed without having a consensus on how to evaluate each proposal. So, now we have some personas: http://shovel.snowdrift.coop/projects/snowdrift/wiki/Personas_for_user_stories And I started writing out user stories to sort: http://flurry.snowdrift.coop:2040/shared/bWJqTz9yLHJbuj7W1FMd28_QfJBt3MaW7J4uyt8oxh5 And I think continuing in this direction is good. So, we can think about personas coming to see the how-it-works stuff and think more about why it needs to have certain elements. We should take this priority item and figure out in Open Project how to finalize some stories around what the how-it-works pages should accomplish. Then we can figure out the minimum needed to accomplish the issues, and we should better figure out how to evaluate each decision. Using that example, it's clear that the how-it-works pages could be really long because there's so much to say. But we need them to be concise and get people to actually read them and get the idea as quickly as possible. The questions are: what ideas are essential? What level of vagueness is acceptable initially around what? And user stories can help us think through this. Open Project organizing should, hopefully, have ways for us to separate all the steps needed. So, here's how I see going forward: we start with things we *know* to be high priority. We work through our new process with those items. Among high-priority items, we can use the functions in Open Project to sometimes say "oh, this new item is highest priority really" or "this is high but lower than that other item". But we only need to do this with clearly high priority items. We can all agree to prioritize things according to what's in Open Project, and anything else still might happen spontaneously but mostly won't be a focus. I'd like to get started ASAP. I want help from those with thoughts or guidance about each step of taking known items (let's go with how-it-works pages as the first example) and eventually having a totally organized way to identify all the appropriate stories and tasks in Open Project. Best, Aaron -- Aaron Wolf co-founder, Snowdrift.coop
Description: OpenPGP digital signature
_______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@lists.snowdrift.coop https://lists.snowdrift.coop/mailman/listinfo/discuss