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Images and stories

Twice this week I’ve been sent an email with a ’round the dinner-table’ photo, as a memento of where I’ve been – one from a business-meeting in Austria, the other from a family gathering in south-west England. Each of these photos describes a real story in itself. But what can I do with them, and […]

October 1st, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Impenetrable acronyms

As the guests arrive, Mother pulls us kids aside. “There’s plenty of ice-cream”, she says, “but FHB on the strawberries, okay?” Back in the present day, a phone-call from a close colleague: “Are you up for an HEC this week? I could do Friday.” Whether family, community or business, every group seems to develop its […]

July 25th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Using a story-bank to manage your stories

You collect stories; you tell stories; you use stories, in many different ways, in your family, your community, your business. But how do you manage those stories? How do you record them, keep track of them, link them, assess their meaning, veracity and value? How do you ensure that the right story is used in […]

July 1st, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Confirming stories

Zahmoo user Aiden Scholes wrote to us on Twitter to ask: Hey @zahmoo. I have an unconfirmed story in my collection. What does that mean? How do I confirm it? In most cases, if you’re maintaining your own story-collections in Zahmoo, you probably won’t use the ‘Confirm story’ functions: the only thing you need to […]

June 22nd, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Using Zahmoo in Most Significant Change

If you’re running a change-initiative, how do you know if that initiative has succeeded, and in what ways? Crunching the numbers can help, of course – but often the best tactic is through a story. A technique called ‘Most Significant Change‘ can help you gain the best benefit from change-stories – and Zahmoo is a […]

June 10th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Zahmoo for developers: personas

When developing a new system – software, business-process, whatever – it’s still all too common to refer to the people who will interact with that system as ‘the users’. Abstract. Faceless. A machine talking to a machine. But our users aren’t like that at all. They’re real people, with real stories, like Alice Lewis above. […]

May 15th, 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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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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Capture the essence

Whether you’re gathering stories about your family, community or business, what matters most is capturing the essence of the story, capturing the core of it with as much clarity that you can. Anything more than that is just a bonus, really. Zahmoo provides a safe place to capture, keep and comment on your stories and […]

January 25th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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