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.
Two months ago, as Apirise, we attended APIdays in Berlin. APIdays is a conference held in cities like Barcelona, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo. The range of topics covered is really wide and include almost everything about APIs. In APIdays you may meet with vendors, developers, companies like Apigee, Facebook, Heroku, Intel, Netflix, Salesforce, Soundcloud, Stripe, Twitter, Zappier and people like Kin Lane or Mike Amundsen to mention only a few… you got the idea.
There is a big trend of API awareness and creating thriving communities that is being supplemented by regional efforts like the NordicAPIs. This creates a parallel networking effect that works in the background. For example, we met with people from Greece that we didn’t know before, but they participated in APIdays Barcelona or older APIdays conferences.
We spoke with them and we saw that there is common ground and will to create a similar community in Greece.
For this reason we created the API Athens Meetup. We start small and expect to «hear» the vibe of the local community. We want to make it a place where we all learn, exchange real life experience, have conversations with startups, companies and developers and hear the challenges they face in getting the word out about APIs in their context of work.
On June 25th we had our kickoff meetup.
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.
Working more and more with Kanban and Scrum methodologies made me create a presentation deck for a basic Kanban Introduction. Here it is , I hope you like it.
If you are in Greece you are welcome to join our meetup http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Greece/
If you are not you are welcome to follow us in twitter: https://twitter.com/AgileGRmeetup
If you want a more “textier” version of my presentation check this and this and this too…
I love technology and working with people. That is why I am trying to offer as much as I can at the local startup ecosystem and at the same time building Apirise. A platform to reduce time and effort required to integrate and maintain APIs. Simply, fast and efficiently!
I am co-organizer of the Agile Greece and API Athens meetups and I contribute at the Developer Economics Blog.
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