2008/10/26 aslak hellesoy [email protected]
I prefer (and still use) the old way for grammatical reasons. Putting
the dependent clause of a sentence ahead of the independent clause
that it’s dependent is awkward and distracts from the reading.
If enough of this we do, talk like Yoda, we all will. Wish that, I do
This is an evolution of the Connextra story format (as a… I want… so
that…) to put the emphasis on the value. Liz Keogh blogged about
ithttp://lizkeogh.com/2008/05/14/rip-as-a-i-want-so-that/a while ago
and it’s starting to catch on with the teams I work with.
It has a really nice secondary effect which is that often the active
participant in a story isn’t the person who benefits, and the Connextra
format struggles with this.
Liz’s favourite example is the capcha. No-one wants to type in some
letters! Using the value-first format, you get something like this:
In order to minimise spam on the blog site
The site administrator
Wants a commentator to answer a capcha when they submit a comment
So now we have identified two stakeholders - the one who benefits and
one who does the work. This can be useful in understanding someone’s
motivation in a scenario.
The exact wording you use is not important. The order in which these
elements appear is. There is nothing about this order that suggests
that it can only be described with Yoda language.
I agree. But Yoda language it is not. Oh crap.
I do agree that the concrete template we’re currently using is a
little awkward though. How can we improve it?
In order to [goal]
(The Yoda variant would be [behaviour] wants