Please raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself in a boring status meeting.
A manager with a task list at hand checks the general progress. All participants (usually in turn) will give a status update and then the deliberations begin: 5 minutes talking, 15 minutes talking, 30 minutes talking and the list goes on. In general, after 15 minutes, the average person’s mind starts wandering.
Instead, Agile has the infamous “Daily Standup Meeting” (aka “Daily Scrum”). (Tweet This)
Star Trek… I’m afraid this post will give away my age but I’ll say it anyway; although I would not consider myself a “trekkie”, a startup is in many ways like a Star Trek season series. An episode starts with a happy bunch, travelling and exploring planets and space. Suddenly something unthinkable happens. Something that nobody could expect.
A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.
— Steve Blank
A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about:
- What its product is.
- Who its customers are.
- How to make money.
As soon as it figures out all 3 things, it ceases being a startup and becomes a real business.
— Dave McClure
Regardless of the definition of a Startup that you may choose or you adhere to, one thing is common… Speed.
Have you ever been on a team? Have you tried to collaborate efficiently?
If so, you probably searched for tools that could make it work better for everyone. This post (which will be completed in two parts) is meant to share our experience on the subject and describe both the tools we end up using and the process we follow.
One of a team’s initial tasks is the selection of an appropriate work process, a way for its members to collaborate efficiently.
You can typically get there either by using a whiteboard and some post-it’s or by picking a tool that can solve the problem for you.
I tend to rely on the latter.