What is Next?

Gangplank has been wildly successful on a number of fronts, but we always push for more. It is in our DNA. Recently Gangplank Chandler has been struggling with defining what an anchor is, what social obligations exist and how to operate without an appointed leader. These are things all locations have or will struggle with at some point. It was time for a retrospective of sorts. We asked for help from Kim Kressaty of Future Pull Consulting (and a Gangplank Board Member) to facilitate a discussion on What is next?

The full report can be found at Gangplank Report.

The TL;DR version.

Top Priorities

  1. Show the world how a shared leadership model can work at scale.
  2. Live the Gangplank manifesto in every Gangplank community.
  3. Message the Gangplank manifesto.
  4. Build the Gangplank Network out with an emphasis that Gangplanker’s work together regardless of location.
  5. Leverage the Gangplank community for optimum effectiveness both locally and globally.
  6. Be Dangerous. Really. For Real.
  7. Emphasis on youth programs to break the cycle and restore creativity.

 

Five Day Plan

  1. Finalize details necessary to kick off the Community Builders Program.
  2. Push out plan for newly implement Google Groups strategy to facilitate communication.
  3. Start a migration path to remove the concept of anchors and define something much more powerful.

 

Thirty Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.

Ninety Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.

We should all be asking ourselves, “How can we drive towards these priorities?”. As a first step towards starting to message the manifesto we have started the Dangercast. Where we will be talking about the manifesto and culture that makes Gangplank work. We expect community participation in it. The first episode is available (and transcribed) at “Dangercast #1 : Collaboration over Competition“. It is also available on iTunes at “Dangercast“.

So if you love Gangplank and want to go deeper let us know you are interested in becoming a Gangplank Community Builder.

Yes, I am interested!

Be Dangerous. Be Excellent.

Gangplank Richmond Kicks off UX workshop series

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I had the honor of hosting Gangplank’s first UX workshop in Richmond on July 11th. The meet-up invite filled very quickly for the 15 available slots.
The topic was an Intro to Design Studio. Many of the attendees were local Gangplanker entrepreneurs who, coincidentally, fit the persona profile I used in our design challenge (to design Gangplank RVA’s web presence)

 

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I was first introduced to Design Studio for digital design at an IxDA event where Todd Zaki Warfel explained the technique in rapidly prototyping the user experience. I’ve learned different versions of this process through sessions held by Adaptive Path and Will Evans at Symantec Foundry. As a matter of fact, It was Will’s session at the Agile 2012 Conference that inspired me to “spread the gospel” and teach it to non-designers. See his reference links at the bottom of this post.

 

I’ve since found the technique a valuable component in all of my client projects. Not only does it rapidly sift through design possibilities, surfacing the “innovation of the crowd,” it’s an effective method of truly involving the client in the design process.

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I opened the session with a fun exercise of drawing a ‘self-portrait as a robot.’ – a great way to meet and learn something interesting about members of the class.

 

prototype cycle 150x150 Gangplank Richmond Kicks off UX workshop series13 year old Dominic Vizdos joined in on the action giving the group a fresh perspective on design possibilities given his passion for online games and the social structures that support them.

 

The groups rapidly sketched through 3 iterations and each pitched their final masterpieces to the room with Mike Vizdos as the judge.

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Great ideas emerged and proved that brilliant designs can manifest within the span of 90 minutes using the design studio technique. Hopefully we’ll see many of these concepts on Gangplank’s web site.

 

More to come in our UX series. Stay tuned…

 

Reference links:

Introduction to Design Studio Methodology

Design Studio and Agile UX Process and Pitfalls