Weekend Update: July 25, 2015 – JS, User Stories, Projects
It’s been a busy couple of weeks!
I read the first half of User Story Mapping for a book club at work. I plan on finishing it up in the next few days. Our book club met on Friday and had a pretty good discussion about what we took away from our reading so far. We actually used the technique last week during a microservice planning meeting. I’ve started using a version of it along with Trello to plan out a game I am working on with a friend who lives in another city.
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I’ve also started using Trello for organizing some other things I usually keep track of on a whiteboard, or not at all. For example, I moved my blog post idea list from a whiteboard on my bookshelf to a Trello list. I’ve been wanting to finish some of the many books I have started, so I created a board to keep lists of the books I started and prioritize the one I want to finish next. I have a new goal of finishing one book per week, and I think this will help me stay focused on that one book. (And not start reading more books, which happens a lot.)
I started using Taiga.io for managing the development of the webgame we are working on. It’s pretty lightweight but has Slack and GitHub integrations, among others. There is a free public option, free private option (while in beta), plus it’s open source so you can host it yourself. I’m liking it so far!
So I mentioned the game I’ve been planning. I talked an old friend into collaborating on it, so I am starting to get more serious about it. (Serious about having fun with it, that is.) I need to nail down a dev environment solution, even if that means writing up a set of install instructions. I’d like to get a Vagrantfile worked up eventually, but it might be good to do it manually again and document everything for myself, and our wiki… and this blog.
I also plan on doing a little front-end design brainstorming this weekend. Also want to get the Git repo set up on the server and Github so we can start collaborating. Probably won’t get everything finished that I want, but it’s hot as hell outside and I have all weekend to read and hack.
To sum up my current programming plans:
- Finish reading User Story Mapping
- Get webgame dev environment install instructions written up
- Do some design brainstorming
Non programming plans include:
- Not going outside
- Well, waking up real early Sunday and mowing the lawn
- Then not going outside again until Monday
- Reading some comic books. Really excited about reading Island #1
- Drinking a beer. In fact, I think I’ll have an IPA right now.