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Tue, 13 Feb 2007

Point of view in standups

It seems to me that standups are often about what people did and are doing. They're like little slices of people's lives. Shouldn't they be more about the stories from this iteration? About how stories are progressing toward becoming complete?

Holding standups in front of a story wall helps. People tend to gesture at the stories while they speak, making them the focus of attention.

I was wondering today what it would be like if people pretended it were the stories themselves speaking:

Convert font changes into table cells (as interpreted by Dawn): Brian and Dawn worked on me all day yesterday. They plan to work more today. One of them should probably swap out, since they're getting stale.

Ajaxy update of main page (as interpreted by Chet): I'm done, coded and tested. I'm moving over to the Finished swim lane. [It uses Chet to move it over.]

That's too silly, except maybe for teams neophilic enough not to need it. I don't think I have the nerve to recommend it.

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A snippet

... I told her there was hope for the Big Apple yet.

"It all depends on our ability to devise a set of robust arguments favoring either scientific materialism or theistic revelation and then commmunicating the salient points to the Martians in their nonlinguistic language, which was apparently deciphered several years ago by a paranoid schizophrenic named Annie Porlock," I told Valerie.

"That's not a sentence you hear every day," she replied.

—James Morrow, in The Cat's Pajamas and Other Stories, "The War of the Worldviews"

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