I thought it might be a good idea to complement the very fruitful discussions in this forum with a regular chance for face to face (or camera to camera) interaction regarding our experiences implementing Shape Up.
That’s why I’d like to try a “Shape Up Practitioners Remote Meetup” group, with the intention of eventually facilitating regular (monthly?) remote meetups where we can talk, learn, help each other out and get to know others who are trying Shape Up.
I’ve set up a page on meetup.com to organise this and will run the actual meetup via Zoom, by sharing a link to everyone who’s RSVP’d until the day of the event: https://www.meetup.com/shapeup-practitioners/
My current idea is to have one speaker per meetup, who shares their particular experience in a ≈30 min talk, and then go into a more open Q&A. I’m still pondering some ways to facilitate a kind of networking or more focussed discussions (like using Zoom breakout rooms maybe? or a Donut slack app like random pairing of people?). So if anyone has ideas for clever ways of doing this, let’s hear it!
In any case, I just went ahead and scheduled an inaugural meetup for Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm (UTC)
The speaker for this inaugural meetup is still TBD. As a backup, I’m offering to present our experience at store2be.com in moving from “Scrumban” to Shape Up (we’re 4+ cycles in). I’ve given a more general talk about this at a product meetup here in Berlin and would happily dig into the meat of things as part of this event.
So consider this also a call for speakers: Are there any of you who’d be willing to hold a casual ≈30 min presentation about any particular issue you had in implementing Shape Up, and how you overcame this? Or generally inspiring or challenging Shape Up stories? Let’s hear it!
Would love to get to know some of you personally as part of this experiment!