Hill Charts

Basecamp created hill charts as a novel way to view project progress and outstanding risk. The goal is to give managers a feel for progress without having to ask, but it also addresses key communication issues caused by uncertainty in creative work.

December 8, 2023 · 2 min

Shape Up - Importance of Small Teams

I think small teams are an underemphasized key element of the Shape Up approach to project management.

November 30, 2023 · 3 min

Pitches Separate Concerns For Cross-level Coordination

Shape Up’s pitches reduce the distance between managers and implementers while actually giving both sides more control over what’s most important to them.

November 24, 2023 · 7 min

Kinds of Concreteness in Work Specification

Shape up suggests too much concreteness is harmful in work specifications. I think the issue may be kind, not degree, of concreteness.

November 17, 2023 · 5 min

Appetite - Flipping the estimation game

Appetite, how hungry you are. Now repurposed as a useful project management term for how time the team wants to invest.

November 9, 2023 · 2 min