Untitled Book Site Kickoff Meeting

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By Adam Fortuna

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It’s official – we have a group working together on this project! Here’s a look at how we’re kicking things off.

The last week has been a whirlwind. Rather than doing this project on my own, I’m set on building a team to work on it. With that in mind, I posted on Reddit looking for a design co-founder.

About a dozen people replied or messaged me saying they were interested. I got on a call with a few of them and was surprised to find 3 people that were perfect for an initial founding team. Along with my and my wife, we have a solid 5-person foundation.

We all met up on May 1st to officially kick off this project. Nathan, our UI/UX designer, led us through a user journey exercise. The result of which was a direction for us to head with our initial round of user research.

Our tool of choice for collaboration is Miro. If you haven’t used Miro (and I hadn’t up until this point), it’s honestly amazing. We’ve been working through a Sprint-style exploration that helps us narrow our focus down to the smallest units of work. We’re not building a “Goodreads Clone” after all, we’re building something better.

A look at our Miro board after a few meetings.

With that in mind, the 5 of us are reaching out to Goodreads users to conduct user research this week. If you’d like to chat with us, please join our mailing list. We occasionally reach out to the list to find people to chat with, so that’s the best place to help out.

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