Podcast 194 — The GP Book Club: Ryan Singer's Shape Up

In Shape Up, Ryan Singer shares the methodology that he and his colleagues at Basecamp use to 'ship work that matters'. The book presents itself as a guide for software developers, but what lessons does it hold for L&D?

Written by Ross Dickie
Published 12 May 2020
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Podcast 194 — The GP Book Club: Ryan Singer's Shape Up

On this week's episode of The Good Practice Podcast, Ross Dickie is joined by Owen FergusonNicola Boyle and Ross Garner for the third in our series of bimonthly 'book club' episodes.

We discuss: 

  • Our general impressions of the book
  • The differences between Basecamp's approach and other product development methodologies
  • Key takeaways for L&D

All of Basecamp's books, including Shape Up, can be downloaded for free on their website: https://basecamp.com/shapeup

The macOS app Owen mentioned was 'Alfred': https://www.alfredapp.com/

You can find out more about Chefs in Schools by visiting: https://www.chefsinschools.org.uk/

You can listen to This American Life's Pulitzer-winning episode, 'The Out Crowd', on their website: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/688/the-out-crowd

If you work in UX/UI and you're interested in joining a team that doesn't report to Ross Garner, check out these job listings: 

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https://emeraldgroup.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1931141

Ross Dickie

Ross Dickie

Learning Experience Designer, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D since 2015 and is a key member of the instructional design team at Emerald Works. Most of his time is dedicated to writing articles, scoping infographics and contributing to video projects.
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Nicola Boyle

Nicola Boyle

Marketing Communications Executive, Emerald Works

Nicola has over six years of marketing experience. Her responsibilities include managing social media, podcast and webinar channels, as well content management and event planning. Nicola enjoys identifying and anticipating client needs and delivering the best possible experience to build successful long-standing client relationships.
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Owen Ferguson

Owen Ferguson

Product and Technology Director, Emerald Works

A self-confessed nerd, Owen is passionate about taking an evidence-led approach to developing digital products that solve real-world problems. He is also a regular on our weekly podcast.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.
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Ross Dickie

Ross Dickie

Learning Experience Designer
Ross has been working in L&D since 2015 and is a key member of the instructional design team at Emerald Works. Most of his time is dedicated to writing articles, scoping infographics and contributing to video projects.

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