Principles of collaboration in the Plato project

All coordination around this project will happen in this forum, and most of it will happen in this open group. We have a closed project group for the team, but it is only to be used sparingly. This transparent way of working is in the Edgeryders DNA. It has many great benefits, but it may take some time to get used to. Some of you, like @hampus, @jakobskote and @gustav will already be pretty used to this from how we work in our projects. To see an Edgeryders team in action, you can have a look at the EarthOS unit forum.

There is a good introduction to the Edgeryders principles for collaboration and operations on the Edgeryders platform. I have modified taken out the most important principles for this project:

  1. Working out loud (and in writing). We communicate by being transparent, and letting each person decide which information she wants. This means we do not send each other emails (strongly discouraged within the company, a necessary evil when dealing with the outside world). Almost our entire workflow happens in writing on the company’s online workspace. This way, everything is written down, has a URL and is searchable. For short-lived communications (“Have you paid XYZ’s invoice?”) it’s OK to use a chat message, but anything substantial needs to be on this platform to be findable and open.

  2. You are responsible for staying in the loop, not for keeping others in the loop. Once you have documented what you do on the platform, you’re good. No one can accuse you of being untransparent or not keeping them in the loop. We do this because we value doers and their work. Doing more does, in Edgeryders, come with a responsibility of documenting what you do, but no more. Once the documentation is there, no one is allowed to claim ignorance of it as a way to accuse the doer of not being proactive enough in communicating. This is a way to protect doers from vetoes or sniping from non-doers. If you want to be informed on a project, read upon it. It’s all there. For example, you can set to “tracking” the relevant categories and topics on the platform.

  3. Administrative minimalism. We recognize the need for tidy process, especially at the low level. At the same time, we are strongly averse to useless paperwork, and determined not to have anyone doing the bullshit job of creating administrative processes for others. Admin work is almost always unpaid in Edgeryders, to make sure our incentives stay aligned with not having any beyond the bare minimum.

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