Jan 11, 2022

An Agile starter pack for DAOs

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.

What am I up to these days?

I’m a new parent, and prioritising my attention on our new rhythms as a family. I’m also having fun with slow creative pursuits: making a few apps, writing, etc.

Work-wise, I’m trekking along at a cozy pace, with a few non-exec, advisory roles for cryptography and microchip manufacturing programs.

In the past, I've designed peer-learning programs for Oxford, UCL, Techstars, Microsoft Ventures, The Royal Academy Of Engineering, and Kernel, careering from startups to humanitech and engineering. I also played a role in starting the Lean Startup methodology, and the European startup ecosystem. You can read about this here.

Contact me

Books & collected practices

  • Peer Learning Is - a broad look at peer learning around the world, and how to design peer learning to outperform traditional education
  • Mentor Impact - researched the practices used by the startup mentors that really make a difference
  • DAOistry - practices and mindsets that work in blockchain communities
  • Decision Hacks - early-stage startup decisions distilled
  • Source Institute - skunkworks I founded with open peer learning formats and ops guides, and our internal guide on decentralised teams