Happy Halloween! Yes, time flew by as fast as ever. If you’re like me, you’ll be getting ready to start taking stock of your year right before mid November. This year I got off to an early start, focusing on my creative career. I did some soul searching and managed to boil my ideas down to just a few points. This blogpost is my way to share that insight and welcome you to share your ideas with the Sketchboard community.
The amount of time most of us spend scrolling down news feeds every week must be more than enough to understand the world of work keeps changing. We all know changes have only gotten faster since the financial crashes of the mid and late 2000s. And according to the latest LinkedIn studies, younger professionals are twice more likely to change jobs during their first decade out of college. There are many theories on why we’re seeing so many changes happen so fast.
Two weeks ago a customer reached out to us, commenting on how difficult it is to manage teams within an organization. The situation gets especially tricky when a separate IT team isn’t able to add or remove users whenever actual team admins aren’t around. We can’t expect to have an IT team admin included in each team, so as to add, remove or change users’ permissions. That would be difficult to scale as more teams get created within the organization, and eventually the other admins could forget to add an IT team admin to a team.
We’re well into September and your team is already on full speed after the summer. As you adapt back to a hectic work life, you’ll probably feel like reaching out for new tools. Today we want to make the case for any tools that could allow you to use the power of visual communication to your advantage. The transmission of ideas using symbols and imagery is probably the oldest form of communication.
I’m finally back with a new blog post. This time I thought I’d share a 3 minute video to motivate you to keep reading: To kick us off on a week of blog posts all about the challenges of creative work, I wanted to suggest a book I’ve found while researching on the topic. If you work in technology, you’re probably always urged to think and work creatively. But with so many professionals trained to see creativity as an intriguing innate quality, it can often seem like there are constant blocks to your team’s creativity.
Every time I blog here I know I may be read by people from a wide range of backgrounds. This means I need to make the core of my posts clear and direct, while the less fundamental parts remain open to whatever interpretation resonates with a reader’s context. My strategy is informed by personal experience. I’ve spent the last 10 years in 9 different countries. This lifestyle wouldn’t be possible without the notion of simplicity.
Remotely Sane team's first steps on working remotely
We’re well into a typical Finnish summer. The evenings are bright and the weather changes faster than we can blink. Our community keeps growing - we’re over 87k visual thinkers. This post is a quick recap of our newest features. It’s our way to welcome newcomers and touch base with long-term users. Some features came by popular demand. After all, we value feedback and any chance to engage with other visual thinkers.
Our new comic strip Remotely Sane follows a typical startup team in their quest for flexibility and autonomy at work. After months in a coworking space, the team decides to go remote and concentrate on what really matters - offering an amazing product. The arrangement suits the CEO, who tends to travel a lot. The developers like the possibility of working from anywhere, and the support agent finds it easier to focus in a quieter office.
I’m sitting in a small coworking space. My teams members are just a few steps or clicks away, and I know I could always reach out to them, whether it’s to ask about a task or how their weekend went. Although we communicate differently, we generally live by the same mantra - “take 5 minutes now, save 5 hours later”. This is very far from a previous job, where all my weeks would begin and end with all-hands meetings, and no morning could be started without a daily scrum meeting.
Sketchboard is on a roll! After going over the 80k user mark, last week we went to Arctic15 - a two day event where entrepreneurs, investors, corporate acquirers and media took over Helsinki’s Cable Factory. We were lucky to get visits from like minded professionals, from Sendgrid, Leadfeeder, Holvi Dreambroker, EntoCube, Microsoft Flux and Hub13 among others. There were also plenty of chances to meet bright examples of student entrepreneurship, academics and potential mentors.
We’ve kicked off the conversation and we can’t wait to start hearing from your team. This week we wanted to keep breaking the ice by giving you a practical challenge: Start sketching today! You might think you’re not talented enough, say you can’t sketch to save your life and close this window. Maybe you find sketching would waste your team’s time. But be honest - are the daily Scrum standups saving you time?