Shape Up: Shaping a Product

While going through the second chapter of Shape Up book, just want to summarise some of the key points of it. Real-world scenario with “calendar feature” was perfectly broken down to the points, except of “point-zero” that is constantly missed out in Cyprus: With only six weeks to work with, we could only build about a tenth of what people think of when they say “calendar.” The question became: which tenth?...

March 5, 2020 · 2 min · anvyst

Shape Up: General Points

Basecamp started off in 2003 as a tool we built for ourselves. At the time we were a consultancy designing websites for clients. Information would get lost in the game of telephone between the client, the designer, and the person managing the project. We wanted Basecamp to be a centralized place where all parties could see the work, discuss it, and know what to do next. It turned out lots of companies had this “information slipping through the cracks” problem....

March 3, 2020 · 1 min · anvyst

Open Source and Power - Rework podcast

Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and the founder of Automattic, joins Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson for a spirited debate about tech monopolies, power in open-source communities, and how to be good stewards of the modern web that they helped build. Listen on

January 27, 2020 · 1 min · anvyst