I'm Salim Virani. My background is in peer learning and supporting creators. I'm a techie and like to make things that enable people.

An Agile starter pack for DAOs
Jan 11, 2022

It turns out there’s need for Agile and Lean in DAOs. Since inter-disciplinary groups come together to create things, but both the targets and the team members change fluidly. This is makes big upfront planning almost impossible, and way easier with Agile’s continuous delivery of value to the end user.

Still Agile has its own techniques which are necessary to hit the ground running and not trip up.

So to get yourself up to speed, here’s a quick starter pack:
- The Original Agile Manfesto (2 minutes)
- A few Decisions Hacks: The Action Zone, Learning Frames, Fuzziness (5 minutes)
- Intro to Agile methods (5 minutes)
- Agile tools and techniques (10 minutes)
- Fractalise (5 minutes)
- Squad priorities planning (3 minutes)
- Decentralised Agile (15 minutes)
- Remote @ Source (5 minutes)

Quite a few people are asking me for advice, so start with the above. Afterwards, if you’d like me to advise you, hit me up to see if I have time.

I’ll ask you to pick a project you’re working on (personal side projects are fine), and set yourself up a Pivotal Tracker board. This is the OG of Agile tracker boards, and has some useful guardrails and helpers to start you with the right habits. Then we’ll have something real to talk about, and can focus on getting the hang of it.

So, uh, what's happening?

I’ve recently become a Kernel Fellow and am exploring new models for collaboration.

I’ve done a few advisory gigs too - for Polygon, Limechain and Bankless on education and support programs.

About me

Fun crypto projects

  • Cuppa - decentralised collaboration protocol (WIP)
  • Nonfungo - completely on-chain NFT sale notification bot for Discord. (Look ma! No Opensea API!)
  • Powerplays - real-time token launches

Collected practices

  • DAOistry - practices and mindsets from successful blockchain communities
  • Decision Hacks - early-stage startup decisions distilled

Peer Learning work

  • Peer Learning Is - a look at peer learning around the world, and a program design methodology
  • Mentor Impact - approaches used by top-performing startup mentors
  • Source Institute - skunkworks I founded with open peer learning formats and ops guides