hey starting a new thread as this is a beefy conversation I keep circling back around to and happy to “go public” with this conversation perhaps after a few initial chats.
ah - i think you’re onto something. i think these are the entities that are emerging:
- wiki: list of tools
- wiki: list of requirements
- discussion: tools in general
- discussion: tool specific
- discussion: requirements in general (bleeding into vision)
- discussion: requirement specific
this is quickly getting into the realm of “requirements management” a field I become quite passionate about in 2001 when I prototyped a company’s mission and traced it to key results and objectives and then to people being resources. I demoed it to the CEO at the time and my boss’ boss got pissed off and fired me (lol, yes I can laugh at it now - i feel i’m still paying the “price of innovation” to some degree…)
I knew the process was recursive and that people like you & I could manage our life purpose in such a system and have traceability to all our projects and outcomes we envision. I still tinker around with creative ways to achieve this in all the tools that have crossed my path.
I bring all this up because I hope you see the connection to community planning. (I’ve since become more passionate about volunteers wielding such power - they tend to be under-resourced)
I just watched a demo of an open source OSRMT and ah! it looked so archaic I had to shut it off (to give you some perspective, a tool called RequisitePro did some really cool stuff providing a document interface to highlight and link written requirements to a backend database which was the traceability engine - as much as I hate Word, it really looked like magic)
in any case, I became curious about what happened to ReqPro and found an article saying EOL came back in 2017. I watched the Jama video and it’s standard marketing speak. I need to see the tool - I want to know where we’ve come in 20 years.
I bring all this up because I don’t want to reinvent the tool. I think there is a real opportunity to focus on the niche of community planning and development and provide a tool that really helps non-profits, open source communities, startups manage all these “soft” requirements that are part of the job.
just trying to coordinate with a bunch of Roam volunteers and the company is challenging work and I just synthesized the Slack & Zoom discussion into Roam.
if the team doesn’t bite, I’ll end up demoing it you over Zoom or something.
I feel we’re so on the frontier trying to join digital gardening with community planning and development and using innovative platforms like Roam.
I sense a breakthrough coming and it’s just a matter of when.
how you want to connect this discussion with others, I’m not quite sure.
I want to give the team until next Wed eve and I can bring it up in the organizing meeting and listen.
I’m going to revisit the Rizzoma doc to see if I can put something skeletal in there. I really wasn’t going to touch it until Matt did and at this point, I am pulling the bull by its horns!