UMA F2F 2010-11-01

Date and Time


Let's meet 11am-1pm, then do a working lunch (order in pizza?), then finish with a long afternoon stretch.


  1. Fletcher, George
  2. Hardjono, Thomas
  3. Machulak, Maciej
  4. Maler, Eve
  5. Moren, Lukasz

Non-voting participants:


Thomas offered to be the notes-taker for for most of the day.

New AI summary

George: Write up "problem B" as a user experience description that can be turned into a user story.
Eve: Put the public-private continuum language and diagram into the Lexicon.
@@More TBS - figure out how to get all new user stories into place

Roll call

Quorum not reached.

Approve minutes of 2010-10-28 meeting

Deferred due to lack of quorum.

Action item review

Bounty program status

Two indications of submission interest have been sent in so far. The deadline for submission interest is 11:59pm Pacific time tonight.

Other updates from the wider UMA world


User stories: add, review, prioritize, decide

We reviewed the new User Stories page. The page isn't very complete yet; Eve put in a sampling of user stories to test the columnal design, column sorting, and general "feel". Epics are tightly associated collections of stories; she has made epics all be in the "UX" category so that they focus on a human being's desire for some benefit. Some stories are "negative", in that they express some (typically malicious) entity's desired outcome that we want to avoid if at all possible.

It was observed that the stories zoom from high-level to low-level, and the "so that..." (motivation) portion of the descriptions could useful become more motivational and less technical/mechanistic even for the lower-level stories. Apparently the Ruby community likes to move the "so that..." portion earlier, in which case it would make sense to rephrase it as "in order to...". But since this is a fairly invasive change without obvious huge benefit we're likely to keep it in the current order.

Many new stories were suggested over the course of the rest of the meeting.