Fixed Time, Variable Scope in the Shape Up Methodology

When Ryan singer published his book on the Shape Up methodology, he had certain aspirations for it’s adoption beyond the walls of Basecamp, where he was the Head of Strategy at the time. It’s safe to say that the industry’s reaction to Shape Up has exceeded those aspirations.

Five years’ worth of conversations and analysis with adopters in a diverse collection of organizations has brought clarity to the original message, as well as new thoughts on how to be most effective in the methodology, and how to produce the best answer on the first try.

Originally conceived by Ryan from the product side of the equation, he now offers a detailed look at what it means to adopt Shape Up as a technical practitioner, especially with how to translate “pitch + appetite” into a working solution.

Ryan Singer
Author, Shape Up; Former Head of Strategy, 37signals