I just got back from our latest prototype meetup at the Coach & Horses.
It was different – still really good – just different. This of course is not surprising. We have no pre-set agenda, just a time and a place and an ongoing desire to see what happens, work out what’s working and find out what doesn’t work so well. So what happens is highly dependent on who turns up, who turns up *first*, how many come and, what I noticed today, what people do when they first get there. It makes sense – you don’t to be Mark Earls to realise that when people walk into a room, they assume that they should follow along with whatever everyone else is doing, whether that’s flamboyant chat or bathing yourself in the glow of your MacBook Pro.
There were fewer people there today than before and unlike the previous two sessions there were many more laptops cracked open from the start – it felt much more like I’d imagined coworking to work – people were getting on with stuff, some were chatting, some were demo-ing products. Personally, I moved in and out – I processed some e-mail, twittered a bit and then went off to meet new people, returning to my screen as and when.
So progress and a good reminder that things are never totally predictable – next week could be the same, or maybe different again.
The progress in my thinking is that we seem to have established a market and a broader community for what we’re doing and that I should now be thinking about what functionality to add in to enhance the prototype. It’s about building on what we’ve done rather than doing something completely different. The Friday morning sessions will continue, but perhaps we’ll do something else at the same time, but maybe round the corner somewhere for instance.
I’m also spending time on defining the value proposition for sponsors as well as my list of people to talk to.
It’s nice too that people do let me know that they’re not coming. We’re a polite bunch. I had almost as many apologies today as we had participants…