May and early June brought several exciting updates to Mind Settlers. We’re adding content from major frameworks, methods and toolkits, tracks & journeys are available in the app, content is going to be free through the web app, and we’ve got changes in the team.
Details are below.
Adventure Partners and Camps
Mind Settlers is a place for a wide variety of frameworks, toolboxes and methodologies. Our goal is to provide access to as many different approaches from different sources as possible. To this end, we have begun inviting leading brands to form their ‘Camps’ in the Mind Settlers platform, so our adventurers can find and use their actionable ideas on their journeys.
So far, the following brands have confirmed their collaboration with us and have Camps: Core Protocols, Holacracy, Management 3.0, Innovation Games, Fun Retrospectives, Gamestorming, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Tasty Cupcakes, ICAgile, Liberating Structures, agile42, Impact Spheres, Judy Rees, Lean Change Management, Trust Temenos Academy, Collaboration Superpowers, Discover to Deliver.
We’re working with these Camps and continuing to reach out to other leading brands so we can showcase them and their actionable ideas on Mind Settlers. (Visit mindsettlers.com or the Mind Settlers app to explore the latest camps.)
Tracks and journeys launched in the Mind Settlers app
Release 0.10.0: Journey along a track and earn rewards.
Tracks and journeys provide agile changemakers with a new way to support teams and individuals, using activities and ideas from any toolbox, methodology or framework — including their personal repository.
Tracks consist of a set of practices plus corresponding activity targets, created to help Mind Settlers players reach a particular goal. To start, we have a dozen tracks from 5 authors for players to explore.
Players (and/or teams) can choose to journey down any track, marking actions they’ve taken related to the practices in their journey. Once they complete their journey, they will in future earn rewards — a title, certificate, or achievement level badge specified by the track creator.
We will invite players on the Mind Settlers platform to create Tracks to use themselves, with their teams and colleagues, and also with their peers for whatever purpose they wish. We see many possibilities:
- Tracks could help ‘train a new scrum master,’ launch a new team.
- Tracks could help teams resolve a problem specific to their immediate situation, provide a ‘sprint challenge’.
- Tracks could provide certification in a methodology or toolbox, or provide an ‘apply what you learned’ path after a training/workshop for participants.
We’re looking forward to this phase where players can steer us to the scenarios they find most valuable.
Content and activities freely available on the Mind Settlers web platform
The actionable ideas provided through Mind Settlers will soon be freely available through www.mindsettlers.com. We decided to do this now for several reasons:
1. We want to be platform/method agnostic. By making content freely available, we can:
- Amplify existing authors and brands.
- Make it easy for them to say yes to letting us showcase them as a camp.
- Provide as many quality, actionable ideas as possible to our adventurers.
2. The unique value of Mind Settlers is in how people use content, what they do with it, and in driving behavior change. The content belongs to the authors.
3. We want non-Android app users to explore.
- We want our iOS-based community members to be able to get to actionable ideas.
- We want our app players to engage their teams and colleagues and share content with them.
We’ve revamped www.mindsettlers.com, updated Player, Author, Camp and Activity pages. Once Practice pages are done (underway), we’ll be able to freely and easily provide access to content to everyone.
Changes in team: Kirill and Thomas
Even very happy, thriving teams see people leave, we’ve discovered. Kirill Zotin, a founding team member and Android developer, was approached with the role of a lifetime and had to say yes. We’re proud of him and will be watching the expansion of his new company into the UK (with Kirill leading the tech team).
Thomas Kuryura, founding team member and our agile coach and guru, is emigrating with his family to the other side of the world soon to fulfill a life goal. He’s leaving us in a few weeks so he can focus on this adventure full time. We wish them both nothing but success on their new paths!
The rest of us are adjusting our workloads for now and revamping our hiring process. We intend to fill gaps in our team in August, once our goals for Project San Diego are delivered.
Questions, comments, contributions?
Investor Update #3: Content Partners, Tracks & Journeys released was originally published in Agility Scales on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.