@rjs, Basecamp's head of strategy, has published a new book: Shape Up.
I have avidly read the first part of the book - first 6 chapters - and it is brilliant.
I am a big fun of Basecamp, previously known as 37 signals. Probably the company which I admire the most. Thus, getting it to understand how they work, is priceless to me.
For one, we’re not into waterfall or agile or scrum. For two, we don’t line walls with Post-it notes. For three, we don’t do daily stand ups, design sprints, development sprints, or anything remotely tied to a metaphor that includes being tired and worn out at the end. No backlogs, no Kanban, no velocity tracking, none of that.
We have an entirely different approach. One developed in isolation over nearly 15 years of constant trial and error, taking note, iterating, honing in, and polishing up. We’ve shaped our own way.
This comes dear to my heart. I have been working on an 2 weeks agile process for the first time in my life for the past 6 months and I am not enthusiastic about it.
As of today, the book is published only as a free read on the web. It seems they plan to release as a paperback. I hope that it becomes an Audible book as well.
This reminds me of another of my favorite books: Getting Real also by 37 Signals crew. I believed originally was offered as a set of online essays and later was offered for free as a PDF and then sold as a paperback. I first read it online and I have a paperback copy on my self. So maybe that it is good strategy.