April 28, 2021
Ditch Scrum! 3 Shape Up Processes & Checklists to 5x Your Dev Cycle
April 28, 2021
We’ve cut our development cycle by 70% since making the move to Shape Up.
This alternative development method is a breath of fresh air from all things Scrum, Agile, Kanban, Scrumban, Fake Agile, Bad Agile… you get
What started off as Basecamp‘s internal approach to developing and shipping software at lightning speed, has become a clearly written (and
illustrated), freely contributed, and easily accessible e-book: “Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters“.
Although I sincerely recommend you read the book, this post is here to save you from studying the 143 pages of text by providing you with
three nifty checklist templates. The checklists take you through the Shape Up process and its 3 key phases: Shaping, betting, and building.
In this post, I’ll briefly touch on the fundamental concepts of Shape Up’s approach. I’ll also introduce each of the phases and their
Let’s get shaping!
Shape Up process: Key concepts
“Shape Up is for product development teams who struggle to ship. If you’ve thought to yourself: Why can’t we ship like we used to? Or, I never have
enough time to think about strategy. Then this book can help. You’ll learn language and techniques to define focused projects, address unknowns, and
increase collaboration and engagement within your team.” – Ryan Singer, Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters
In 2019, Ryan Singer, Head of Strategy and Product at Basecamp, got the Shape Up approach down on paper in the ebook I mentioned in the
introduction. Or, to read about Process Street‘s experience of Shape Up check out both of these two posts:
And finally, to learn about what it is that Basecamp do, check out the Youtube video below:
Great, with the introduction bits covered, it’s time to go over the key concepts that form the framework that is Shape Up.
Shape Up process: Gl