Arturo Herrero



Shape Up

Shape Up by Ryan Singer

Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters by Ryan Singer. Another great book by the people of Basecamp.

The Shape Up method:

  • Shaped versus unshaped work
  • Designing at the right level of abstraction
  • Setting appetites instead of estimates
  • Concepting with breadboards and fat marker sketches
  • Making deliberate commitments—bets— instead of feeding the machine
  • Choosing the right cycle length (six weeks)
  • A cool-down period between cycles
  • Breaking projects apart into scopes
  • Downhill versus uphill work and communicating about unknowns
  • Scope hammering to separate must-haves from nice-to-haves
Six week cycles, two tracks

Shape Up. Two tracks

Phases of the work

Shape Up. Phases of the work

Steps to perform

Shape Up. Steps to perform

August 06, 2019 | @ArturoHerrero