Basecamp's head of strategy, Ryan Singer, sits down to discuss his new book, Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters. The book is a culmination of Ryan's 15+ years working at Basecamp and explains how small teams of designers and programmers can ship great work in six-week cycles. Ryan's book is about product development and software, but many of its ideas around working with the right level of abstraction, embracing constraints, and making smart bets are applicable to other creative pursuits.

Show Notes

Books by Basecamp - 00:13

Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters - 00:17

Ryan on Twitter - 00:19

Breadboard on Wikipedia and in Shape Up - 6:30

Forrest M. Mims III on Wikipedia - 7:00

"Planning is Guessing," our episode featuring Jason Fried on six-week cycles (his segment starts at 10:03). See also his Signal v. Noise post, "What six weeks of work looks like" - 13:20

"Bets, not Backlogs," a chapter in Shape Up - 16:17

The section on appetite in Shape Up - 17:13

The section on the circuit breaker in Shape Up - 19:16

What is Rework?

A podcast by 37signals about the better way to work and run your business. In Season 2, we're going through Rework (the book) chapter by chapter and talking with authors, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, about what's changed in the world of business over the last eleven years since the book was published.