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Riding The Remote Wave - Is It Sane?

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.

No team gets rich without trust because “no man is an island”

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.

Scouting for Sketchers at Arctic15

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.

Ready-set-sketch

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?

Up, Up And Away!

This week we reached 80.000 users! If you’re one of them, let us take this opportunity to thank you for using Sketchboard! We’re on a bootstrapped mission to help developers to collaborate visually together. Anything can start from just a simple sketch. Next we’d like to reach 100.000 users, so we’d be delighted to get your feedback and hear how you think we could improve. We’d also appreciate any time you could take to tell your team and your friends about us.

The Best 5 Minute Investment You’ll Make Today

If you start working as a software developer today you don’t automatically turn into an odd, unintelligible creature. In fact, you’ll probably find your ideas get valued by professionals in other areas - anyone who creates for a living is bound to come across methods or tools first thought out by software developers. In the past you’d risk being caricatured as someone with excellent technical skills, but nearly no verbal ability.

Integrate One Slack Team to Multiple Sketchboard Teams

Previously Sketchboard for Slack integration supported only possibility to integrate multiple Slack teams to one Sketchboard team. What has been missing is to integrate one Slack team to multiple Sketchboard teams. Now support has been added and completes integration scenarios between Slack and Sketchboard. This has been especially tricky situation when you have a big Slack team and where everyone doesn’t work on same projects. You could have smaller users’ project and multiple users’ projects that are completely isolated.

Team Productivity Gets Visual

If I had to take a wild guess, I’d say the main thing that still makes you cringe when you hear the phrase “visual thinking” is the idea that whatever it involves must be too time consuming. Maybe you’ve worked in software development for so long that anything “visual” would seem ambiguous or distracting. Or perhaps you’re fresh out of school, working remotely, mostly concerned with bridging the gaps between your work and that of your team members.

Introducing Organizations

We’re excited to announce Sketchboard for organizations. Now Sketchboard scales for your needs, you can start from a small sketch diagramming team and scale your visual communication needs to any size. Organization allows easily to separate work between different teams. Teammates can edit or view boards only if they belong to a team. You can have unlimited private teams. Organization users can belong to multiple project teams or cross functional units within your organization with simple understandable access right that is a team.

Forget post-its, sketch something!

Anyone who has ever taken part in an ideation or prototyping workshop of some sorts will be very familiar with post-it notes. A wonderful innovation that was born out of a failed attempt to create a super-strong adhesive. This invention first conceived in 1968 by Dr Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M, and further developed by Arthur Fry in the 1970s still remains in broad use. And for a reason.

Yearly Plans

Yearly Plans have arrived on Sketchboard.io. When you select a yearly plan, you’ll get 1 month for free compared to 12 month monthly subscription. Yearly plan can be selected from the dropdown menu => Yearly. Prices are shown per year. Payment is made in advance and it is non refundable as any other plan. If you have an active subscription, your plan doesn’t support yearly plans yet. Yearly plans support will be available when next period has been activated.

Markdown Comments

Sketching is fun and together with teammates it is even more fun, but sometimes teammates are not online at the same time. You might want to add some explanation, track open ideas or have questions to your teammates. So you write an email and send it to your teammates. Information is then distributed in different channels and you need to link to the board manually. That’s a little bit of trouble, but that’s in the past now.