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  • Writer's pictureTristan Wilson

Shaping Up at Edgevanta

Our team is changing our sprint planning and product delivery framework, adopting the ShapeUp approach based on insights from Ryan Singer’s book.





Here’s what excites me:


- The prospect of consistent on-time delivery.


- Transitioning to 6-week cycles from the traditional 2-week sprints, easing the repetitive strain of sprint planning.


- As a product manager, I’ll have more time to delve into customer issues and develop well-defined proposals for our upcoming build phases.


- The opportunity to ditch an ever-growing and cumbersome backlog.


- Greater autonomy for our engineers and designers.


- Implementing a two-week cooldown phase to tackle bugs and technical debt.



My concerns include:


- The potential shift towards a more waterfall release methodology.


- Moving away from daily stand-ups.


- Questioning the effectiveness of this method compared to the tried and tested Scrum framework.


- Potential dips in team engagement and a rise in feeling isolated.



To mitigate these concerns:


- We’re instituting a weekly all-hands meeting in place of daily stand-ups.


- My co-founder and I have scheduled regular check-ins.



We’re committed to fully embracing the ShapeUp method for the first few cycles, following the book’s guidance to the letter. We’ll share our journey and learnings as we progress!


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