It’s Week 2 of my 52 Weeks of Done. And it’s time to lay out some ground rules. I’ll sum them up at the end, for now I’ll demonstrate them in action.
Thing : Lunar Kitsch Missile – Text Contribution, Review & Punt
Type : Game Design / Writing
Size : Scattered, Smothered and Covered
Description : Lunar Kitsch Missile is a game I’ve been working on with two other contributors, off and on, for several months. I have some text contributions of my own that need to be completed, and some of my existing text needs to be revised. I also need to reconcile some of what’s been written by one other contributor to what I have, and then punt the revised text to the contributors for comment and additional revision.
S.Q.U.I.D. Test : This Thing will not be Done until the following tasks are complete
- A finished first draft of my text contributions
- Reconciliation of my own contributions to those of the other contributors
- Distribution of the reconciled text to the other contributors for review
- Agreement between interested parties on a timeline for the next deliverable
Lunar Kitsch Missile is one of those projects that’s gotten pushed aside a few too many times over the past few months. It’s floated to the top of the stack for several reasons : There are other people involved that are interested in seeing some progress, there’s a convention coming up this year where I want to demo the game, I need to free up the mental space this is taking up so I can work on other things, and it’s just a really cool, fun project that I enjoy working on (when I work on it). Plus, I think that it’s an easy win for 52WoD – It has well defined success criteria, that are suitably sized for the time in which I have to work on it (it meets the Limit that I’ve defined), and it’s a project that’s half-completed already, so it clearly has some direction behind it. I think it’s important to me to get a good success in early for 52 Weeks, to help me build momentum.
Now, let’s talk just a bit about those ground rules I set up. They pertain specifically to the Kick Off Post that will begin each Week.
1 – Weeks run from Monday to Sunday. It fits my own rhythm better to wrap up on Sunday and start new work on Monday.
2 – The Kick Off Post describes the Thing being done, the Type of the Thing, the Size of the Thing (expressed in Waffle House Hash Brown Units (Imperial), or WHHBUIs), a brief Description of the Thing, and most importantly, the S.Q.U.I.D. Test.
3 – The S.Q.U.I.D. Test is important enough to warrant more than one rule.
4 – The S.Q.U.I.D. Test refers to the success criteria for the Thing – ways to determine if the Thing has been Done. Criteria for the S.Q.U.I.D. Test must be Specific, Quantifiable, Understandable, Intelligent and Deliverable.
That will have to do for now. I’ve hit the Limit for this Post.