In recent weeks, Coko co-founder Adam Hyde has been busily hopping ponds to bring innovation to publishers via Workflow Sprints in Santa Barbara, California for punctum books, and Cambridge, UK for Open Book Publishers.
Workflow Sprints deploy a collaborative methodology for rapidly designing content production workflows, called The Cabbage Tree Method, to facilitate the design of the best workflows for quickly and efficiently developing publications. Cabbage Tree posits participating stakeholders at the center of facilitated design sessions resulting in a user-centric product. To enable this, we propose engaging organizations in such a facilitated discussion that operates as a template that can be leveraged to identify what the organization needs to do to best serve constituents.
To the degree possible, these sessions are populated by representatives or proxies of each of the ‘user types’ or roles within a publisher’s own constituency. Adam shows up and a engages representatives of leadership, editorial, and technical staff to map the workflow to functional areas that will be represented in the architecture of the workflow appropriate technology approach ultimately recommended. This provides participating organizations with technical details as to how existing and emerging PubSweet framework and components can meet their needs and what development work may need to be done.
At the end of it all, organizations have a technical architecture map that they can use to guide their future development efforts. Additional days of discussion are always an option, and future action and next steps are entirely up to the organization to determine. For example, Sprint alums OHBM chose to engage their own community in survey soliciting their feedback following their sprint.
If you want to learn more about Sprinting, you can reach out to us, or any of the community members who’ve participated, as they’ll be able to tell you best what you can expect and how to get started.