At Firmhouse we use Basecamp for doing product development and project management across our company. In that sense, we’re pretty much modeled around how ShapeUp seems to be executed by Ryan Singer and his colleagues.
This week DHH and Jason Fried did a livestream of show&tell on how Basecamp works remotely. A big chunk of that livestream was about going through the motions of ShapeUp with shaping, pitching, but also running a project.
I thought it might be very helpful for us to “show&tell” really day-to-day insights into each other’s work and project. I’m aware that not everyone can share those because of sensitive information or other policies.
So here’s a short 10-minute screencast where I explain how we are running a project in our third cycle of 2020 (we use 4-week long product cycles and then 1 break week). This was meant to be an internal video to the rest of our team, but I think it’s a great thing to also show here:
In this video I show you the state of a project 3 days in where we are still kind of in the “discovery” phase, and figuring out how to start executing on a project. Concepts shown/introduced:
- Kicking off a project and finding conclusions for open gaps/questions
- Using an “inbox” todo list as a container to put anything that comes up during the project
- Splitting up a shape into project scopes/slices
- Using the hill chart to show progress
Hope anyone finds this useful and very curious to see other “real life” examples or video walkthroughs of how you execute on ShapeUp on a day-to-day level.