If you've been around tech long enough, you understand the difference between principals and fads.
Creative thinkers and innovators will always aim their brilliance nozzles at the workflow and processes surrounding the actual work of creating.
Sprint is Google Ventures' new book and this Medium post by Kevin Rose contains an excerpt about how Slack uses the sprint process to make their decisions.
The sheer success of GV makes Sprint worth reading. And, no honest person who's used Slack for very long can say it's not different and better at staying connected with creative teams than email or stand alone SMS.
Slack follows a scripted process we call “The Sticky Decision.” Why sticky? We’ve spent years optimizing our sprint decisions to be as efficient as possible. We ended up with a five-step process — and coincidentally, every step involves something sticky:
25 years ago I would tape butcher block paper up on the walls of my office so my team and I could jot down notes and move things around and maintain a visual understanding of where we were in our projects.
It's obviously not the same thing, but it reminds me of why I'm a big fan of the visualness of sticky notes.
Also, I bet a remote team could use Stormboard or Google Slides to do this sort of thing.
Principal vs. Fad: The radio newspaper.