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Zahmoo for developers: whose story?

If we’re developing a system or process based on user-stories, from whom do we capture those stories? Whose story is it? The temptation, of course, is to write all of those stories ourselves – but in general that’s not a good idea. (The one time when it is useful to do that is when we’re […]

May 8th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Zahmoo for developers: keep track of the big-picture

“In his role as family caterer, Mr Carrington buys potatoes at the Tuesday Market, completing his shopping-list for the day.” The phrasing conforms to the structure for an Agile ‘user-story’; it even conforms to the structure we recommend for general story-capture, with people, place, time, context and event. But we’d have to admit that it’s […]

April 30th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Zahmoo for developers

Here at Zahmoo, a theme we’ve been working on a lot over the past few weeks has been around story for software-developers. Most styles of Agile-development methods such as Scrum, XP and Open Unified Process base their code not on predefined requirements but on evolving ‘user-stories’ – ideally gathered directly from the end-users themselves. Yet […]

April 4th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Get everyone involved in the story

You know how to use Zahmoo to record stories for your business, your community, your family.┬áBut how do you do that when you can’t meet with those people yourself? – and even more so when those people are scattered across the state, or even on the far side of the globe? Zahmoo has a way […]

March 26th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Using stories to catch ‘smart-talk’

He looks the part; he knows all the right buzzwords; he can quote chapter-and-verse from all the best-known pundits and practitioners. But is it all just empty ‘smart-talk’? Smart-talk is information without understanding, theory without practice – ‘all mouth and no trousers’, as the old aphorism puts it. It’s all too common amongst would-be ‘experts’ […]

March 14th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Belonging

How do we belong? Where do we belong? To what do we belong? And in what way? What is the longing behind that belonging? How do we recognise it for what it is? Or, equally, how do we not belong? From where do we get the sense that we don’t fit, that it may be […]

March 5th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Stories of loss

“Alas! – a great tragedy! Oh woe is me! My favourite breakfast cereal is no longer being made – and that’s the very end of the very last box… what on earth will I do now? How dare they do this to me?” Few people enjoy having any form of change thrust upon them from […]

February 23rd, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Tags, comments and links

Continuing the theme of linking between posts in Zahmoo, two other ways to create inter-story links: with tags, and with comments. A really simple way to create implicit links between stories is to use the same tags. You can then include the tags in a search, as selected on the form on the search-page; or, […]

February 16th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Linking between stories in Zahmoo

One of the best ways to add value to your story-bank is to create links between stories. Links are a type of metadata: “this goes with that”, rather than a story in its own right. Sometimes, though, another kind of story arises from patterns and trends that we can see from the connections – and […]

February 13th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Things and stories

That old clock at my mother’s house sits up there on the kitchen wall, between the cupboard and the stair-rise. Its quiet yet insistent twice-a-second tick – one-a-two-a-three-a-four-a – is oddly calming even on a busy day. It’s been in the family for many generations now, ever since it was made. I’d always thought it […]

February 2nd, 2012 by Zahmoo
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