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Shape Up - book about how Basecamp/37 Signals works
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:55:17 PM »
I don't know if any of you follow Jason Friend and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of Basecamp (formerly 37 Signals), and evangelists of saner workplaces. They have a new free, online-only book (actually written by someone I've never heard of, but describing the way Basecamp works).

This is a followup of sorts to It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work

I've only gotten through the Intro, but looks interesting

Part One is all about Shaping — the pre-work we do on projects before we consider them ready to schedule. Each chapter explains a specific step of the process, from setting the appetite on a raw idea, to sketching out a solution, to writing a pitch that presents the potential project. Along the way you’ll learn specific techniques — like breadboarding and fat-marker sketching — to keep the design at the right level of abstraction.

Part Two is about Betting — how we choose among the pitched projects and decide what to do six weeks at a time.

Part Three is about Building — the expectations we place on the teams and the special practices they use to discover what to do. We’ll look at how the teams figure out what to do, how they integrate design and programming, how they track what’s known versus unknown, and finally how they make the hard calls to finish the project on time.