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Get Thanksgiving Right with Freedcamp

In about a week most people in the United States will be sitting around a table eating delicious turkey. The execution of this event can be a real chore and it typically won’t ever be 100% smooth. So this Holiday Season try running your event with Freedcamp.

With Freedcamp you can first invite all the people you want to come to your house in a Project. This is much better than email because you will know which people accept the invite and which didn’t without having to read their responses.

Assign some common tasks to your visitors like bringing a salad or a turkey using the To-Do’s application. Schedule a Milestone for everyone to come help get the house ready the day before the event, this way everyone will get emails reminding them to do it.

Instead of reading countless email replies, text messages, or comments in a Facebook event, you will have one page where you can really feel in control of the event.

Happy Holidays!

Focus on Step One

It’s easier to add complexity to any one plan, the real art is to say no to a thousand decent ideas and focus on creating the one best thing.

I find myself planning massive changes to our system, making massive plans for my new closet organization schema, but then have a hard time making those massive plans become a reality. We all do this. The reason is that when we plan complex systems we get easily overwhelmed with how to achieve them. If we started with the very Minimal Viable Product we would be able to not only achieve it in record time but also have an easier time doing it. The beauty of starting with a simple system is that you get to find out what is truly missing (the essentials) right away. So the second iteration you do can resolve all of these issues.

The iPhone to me is the best example of this. It was launched with a very minimal viable set of features and within a year they added all the things humanity demanded of them (or at least the ones we found important).

So the next time you feel somewhat overwhelmed with something you are planning, there are too many connections to keep in your mind, it’s time to step back. Look at what is an absolutely must and scrap everything else for the initial release.

Don’t Ignore Friction

I don’t know if it’s the resilience of man kind or the stubbornness, but we tend to get used to all types of friction in our lives. From lifting the lid of the trashcan to unlocking our phone with a 4 digit password. It becomes a part of our routine and we basically never think about it again. Today I wanted to help us all remove friction from our lives and be happier and more productive.

Innovation is the introduction of a new method. I like to associate it with a better method that improves someones life, it removes friction. I think of myself as an innovator because I like to change methods constantly in search for a better method to do virtually anything. But I firmly believe that all of us are innovators, most of us simply don’t act on our ideas, and some of us don’t even realize we’ve innovated when it happens. At some point there was a person somewhere in the world who felt that lifting the lid off the trashcan to add your garbage to it seemed like friction, additional effort that wasn’t necessary. So they invented the foot operated lid opener. Then years later someone felt that using their foot was also too much friction so they invented the touch-less hand wave sensor that opens the lid electronically. trash Apple realized that typing 4 digits on your phone to keep it secure is a lot of friction. I mean think about it, if it takes you 5 extra seconds to unlock your phone, and on average you unlock it 60 times a day… that’s 5 extra minutes in a day. In a year you spend 30 hours unlocking your phone! But beyond the time savings, that little friction you experience every time you do it. So they invented the fingerprint unlock. Now it takes less than a second and you feel no friction. unlock So I challenge you to spend a day where you are hyper aware of any friction in your day. Once you have a list of things, make a plan to improve them. I did this today and realized the screen door to my house is always in the way. We are all constantly hitting it, dealing with it, holding it open for each other… it adds ferocious amount of friction to our day. Worst part is we never use it, we never keep our front door open. I just finished removing it and it felt great! One less thing to have to worry about when I am coming home.

Friction is a part of our work lives as well. When we started Freedcamp one of the biggest points of friction we wanted to remove was the need for 20 separate tools to run your business. Constantly switching tabs, logging into different systems, learning new interfaces, and zero integration between these systems. By providing you all the tools to collaborate with your team in one place we remove a lot of friction.

So spend some time analyzing your work day, figure out which parts feel like an uphill battle and find a way to improve them.

Please share your finds! If you are experiencing some friction it’s almost guaranteed that someone else has the same issue and either have already solved it or never realized they had it.

James Jones and James Johnson just joined Freedcamp project ….

If you happen to have two people in your team like James Jones and James Johnson Freedcamp will show them both as James J. Not super handy when you want to assign a task or subscribe for a notification. Avatars will help but now always.

You can ask both James’ to go to My account page in Freedcamp and add last name to first name value and keep last name blank as shown below.

Add last name to first name

Problem solved.

It works!

What if your you are lucky to have James Jones and … James Jones in your project? Please tell us and we will find a way to solve it :)

All you need to know about TODOs application in Freedcamp

In my last post I gave you some ideas how to use TODO groups and how you can add and update them.

Almost all the things can be done on main TODOs page. Check it out.

TODO drag and drop

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Below you can find how to edit title and description, add files, insert them inline with the description, delete and change status of a TODO.

TODO edit open status

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At the moment to open a TODO to read comments, for example, hover over TODO and click ‘comments’:

open TODO Freedcamp

It is not most intuitive action. We have heard many voices asking to change it and make it simpler. We are changing it now – one click on TODO title will open a full TODO view and double click on TODO title will allow to edit it. We will tell you when completed in our newsletter.

How to cancel a pending invite and invite a user back to Freedcamp

If you invited someone to Freedcamp and they haven’t received it – you can always check invite status and invite them again, for example, with a different email address. You can also use ‘Manage invites’ to check status of invites you have already sent.

reinvite a user

To play attached animated GIF – simply click it to open full size in a new browser tab. To play again – refresh/reload page in your browser.

If invites are not coming through to a person you want to invite – please email us at help@freedcamp.com. We have very detailed logs and can always say within minutes what is a problem.

Single sign on with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ in Freedcamp

Freedcamp offers the ability to use single sign in with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. We have it for ages but never promoted it. Now is the time.

What is single sign-on?

Single sign-on is a process that allows network users to access all authorized network resources without having to log in separately to each resource. Single sign-on allows us to validate usernames and passwords against one or more social networks you linked your Freedcamp account with.

It is important to say that we do not post or read any data from your social network accounts. Such link simply allows us to use your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ account credentials to validate access to Freedcamp and if you logged in into one of these networks in your browser – completely skip Freedcamp authorization screen.

Freedcamp_connect_1

Here is how you can set it up – navigate to “My account” (1), click the “Connect” tab (2) and link to one or more social networks you typically logged on on your computer (3).

Freedcamp_connect_2

We are also working to simplify sign ups for your team with same social networks. Less hassles, easier to join, no forgotten passwords requests = more actual work done. Right?

Project, project group and user applications in Freedcamp

Currently, there are three (3) different types of applications in Freedcamp. Each type has its own unique functionality.

Project – Project applications are displayed in blue along the taskbar and are specific to each and every project. For example, a more robust project might have Discussions, Milestones, and Calendar installed, while another project that is used for Issue Tracking might only have Issue Tracker installed. By default, project applications are accessible by anyone inside of the project.
Project Applications are displayed in blue and can only be accessed inside of projects. Most of the core apps (To-Do’s, Discussions, Milestones, Time, Files) are project applications. They can be be managed by navigating to “Manage Projects” and clicking on the “manage project applications” button.

Project Group – Project Group applications are displayed in orange along the taskbar and are NOT specific to each project but can be accessed throughout multiple projects in a group. For example, you might have 4 projects that need CRM. You can put those 4 projects in a group called, ‘CRM Group’, and any data stored in the CRM application will be accessible and shared between all 4 projects.
Group Applications are displayed in orange and can be accessed outside of projects. They can be be managed by navigating to “Manage Projects” and clicking on the “Manage Group applications” button.

Below we take a project application – Issue Tracker and a project group application – Password Manager and show you the difference.

Freedcamp_project_group_aplications_explained

User – User applications are displayed in green along the taskbar and are specific to individual users. For example, Tasky allows you to create, edit, and store a list of to-dos that only you can view. User applications have no connection to projects or project groups, and are linked to your user account only.

User Applications appear in green and can be accessed throughout the entire application. They can be managed by navigating to “Marketplace” and clicking on “Manage Subscriptions” button.

If you have any questions as to how to structure your projects or what apps to start with for your project – simply email Igor help@freedcamp.com and I will answer all your questions or we will set a chat in Skype.

Two new ‘Get Started’ videos

We created two new videos which are now included into Freedcamp’s onboarding process. Here they are – just in case you skipped them after signing up.

First one is for people evaluating Freedcamp:

Second one is more for people who were invited into an existing projects and want a quick walk-through.

If you have any questions as to how to structure your projects or “how can I” type of questions – simply email Igor help@freedcamp.com and I will answer all your questions or chat in Skype.