How do you start a collaborative project?

by Sophia Elson on
Some projects are top-down, with an experienced manager running a tight ship, following the tried-and-true from beginning to end, with no digressions along the way. But in the virtual office, a team of collaborators is often spread out across the city, state, country, or even planet, each bringing their own expertise and timeline to the effort. Where do you begin? How do you set up the project so everyone is happy, no one feels like someone else is looking over their shoulder, and all the dates and task assignments are realistic? In other words, how can you use Webplanner to build cooperat... (Read more)

Webplanner Video Tutorial

by Sophia Elson on
We now have a video tutorial! This video guides users through the stages of creating a project in Webplanner and points out some helpful features.... (Read more)

Using Google Docs with Webplanner

by Sophia Elson on
You probably hear a lot about Google Docs. Emailing document revisions back and forth can be time-consuming and chaotic. If you’re not already using it, the good news is that Google Docs provides a hassle-free alternative,. Google Docs lets you collaborate in real time on documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and more. It’s really the best way to get group input on a file, and luckily, it just so happens that Webplanner integrates with them. (Bet you didn’t see that coming!) Let’s say you have a Webplanner task called “Write this month’s press release.” Chances are, you... (Read more)

More Than a Backup

by Sophia Elson on
On the Dashboard page is a hidden feature that’s tremendously useful. If you right-click on the name of a project and click Copy Project, you can create a duplicate of that project. Why is this important? Well: Copy Project lets you save multiple drafts of the same project. If a mistake is made, you can just revert back to an older version of the project, instead of painstakingly correcting all the data. It’s often a good idea to create a copy before inviting additional editors. Let’s say there is a variable that affects the execution of your project. For instance, an important visit... (Read more)

Organizing Your Projects List

by Sophia Elson on
Do you have an assortment of old, inactive Webplanner projects cluttering up your projects list? Maybe some of those projects have valuable information in them and shouldn’t be deleted -- but you still want them out of your way? You can easily fix that problem by renaming your inactive projects. Here's how: Click on the name of an inactive project (let's say it's one called "Revamp website"). Click on the Wizard link in the top menu-bar. You immediately arrive at the Name Your Project page. Rename your project with a few Z's in front of the name. (In this example, the new name of yo... (Read more)

Quoteroller Review

by Sophia Elson on
We’ve recently seen a new product that Webplanner users might really appreciate: Quoteroller. Quoteroller is a great online application that helps businesses create, send, and track business proposals. Based on a freemium model with tiered pricing options, Quoteroller’s services comfortably scale to fit the needs of different-sized businesses. Their free account is simple, but its simplicity is actually a benefit. Quoteroller does what it says it will do (“roll out great-looking proposals in minutes”), and it does it without a hitch. Layout-wise, Quoteroller is a bit like Webplanner... (Read more)

Webplanner vs Basecamp

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See how Webplanner compares to Basecamp. If your project requires careful scheduling, the chart speaks for itself.... (Read more)

SF Pitch

by Sophia Elson on
Yesterday morning, Jovia and I donned our lovely new company shirts, packed up the car with Webplanner swag, and drove over to San Francisco's AT&T Park (home of the Giants) for Pitch, a new punningly named start-up event. Although we often go to conferences and tech showcases, this was our first time doing a public presentation of Webplanner. We couldn't have hoped for a better opportunity. This was a big event; about 1800 tickets were sold. The attendees were friendly and excited, and it was an honor to share the "stage" with companies like Doot, Spreaker, Plango, and Quoteroller. One... (Read more)

Evernote Trunk Conference

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Last week, we went to the Evernote Trunk Conference in San Francisco and came away extremely impressed and inspired -- not just by Evernote as a product, but also by Evernote as a company. Evernote is an application that allows you to store and retrieve information. Accessible on the desktop, online, or on your phone, it’s an extremely convenient way of storing photos, notes, shopping lists, websites -- anything. Its slogan, "Remember everything," becomes increasingly truer the more you use Evernote, particularly since you’ll keep discovering additional capabilities the deeper you delve... (Read more)

Our Eureka! intern

by Sophia Elson on
This summer, we had an intern from Eureka!, an East Bay program under the larger organization Girls Inc. that supports and mentors middle through high school age girls. Over the course of her internship, Carmen helped us assemble our press list, draft business letters, do key industry research, and maintain our Salesforce database. In a blog post for Women 2.0, Carmen describes her experience working for us. Read about it here!... (Read more)

Great first week!

by Sophia Elson on
Press releases distributed, websites updated, bugs fixed, letters sent, graphics designed -- and now the Webplanner team is getting some sleep again. It’s wonderful to get the Paypal emails and phone-calls and read the tweets. Even better, our customers are overwhelmingly preferring annual subscriptions to monthly ones, demonstrating a confidence in Webplanner that’s encouraging to see so early in its lifespan. Not content to rest on our laurels, we’re already gearing up for what’s next -- mobile! Soon you will be able to check in and log your progress on the go. Have ideas for t... (Read more)

Webplanner: Launched!

by Sophia Elson on
Sound the horns and roll out the carpet, because we have big, big news today: Webplanner has been launched! In early March 2011, Webplanner Beta was released. Five months, lots of feedback, and hours of coding later, we're thrilled to present you -- officially and ever more proudly this time -- with Webplanner, the most intuitive-but-powerful project management application on the market. A brief recap of what's happened since March: Bug fixes A fixed memory leak https for all activities (professional accounts only) Role restrictions for added control International date settings A... (Read more)

Webplanner Headquarters is smiling

by Sophia Elson on
This week has brought us beautiful July sunshine, 2100 Webplanner beta users, and two exciting pieces of press coverage: What You Need To Know About Webplanner: Interview With COO Jovia Nierenberg -- Reorg Start-Up Lessons Learned Running a Software Company at Age 23 -- Women 2.0 blog (guest post by Jovia Nierenberg)... (Read more)

Pricing Changes

by Sophia Elson on
When we make that bold step out of beta, our pricing will look like this. Those of you who had visited our old pricing page may notice that we've eliminated the tiered system. Instead, you'll just get more for your money at $18 per month.... (Read more)

Reorg Review

by Sophia Elson on
Natasha Murashev of the blog Reorg wrote a wonderful review of Webplanner. While you're there, make sure to read the other posts too. The advice to check out Webplanner is really just the tip of the iceberg as far as Reorg's wisdom is concerned.... (Read more)

Webplanner on MakeUseOf

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MakeUseOf just featured Webplanner on its write-up of Cool Websites and Tools. Have a look!... (Read more)

COO of Webplanner at 23

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Jovia was just interviewed by Elizabeth Harrin of the wonderful site A Girl's Guide to Project Management. Check it out here!... (Read more)

What would you like to see on the Dashboard?

by Sophia Elson on
Cast your vote in a Facebook poll to let us know which Dashboard information would be the most useful to you. All you need to do to vote is sign in to your Facebook account and click this link. We want to avoid clutter on the Dashboard, so please only vote for your 2-3 favorite options.... (Read more)

The latest batch of updates

by Sophia Elson on
New Webplanner updates include: A fixed memory leak. Webplanner now runs faster! More permitted file attachments. The limit used to be 20 per project. Now it's 30. (This update only pertains to Webplanner Beta. Paying Webplanner clients will have a 5GB attachment limit.) Speaking of the paid version, we're simplifying our pricing. Stay tuned for more information. Don't worry; the changes we're making to our pricing are changes you'll be happy about. Role restrictions. As project owner, you can set the permissions for each invited team member. Details below. Role restrictions allow the... (Read more)

Managing a weekly schedule

by Sophia Elson on
There are several inventive ways of using Webplanner that aren't obvious right off the bat. For instance, in addition to planning projects, Webplanner can be used to manage a regular office schedule. Every work week is filled with small, routine tasks -- ordering office supplies, checking the mail, sending out a weekly newsletter, and so on. When big projects are looming, it's easy for tasks like these to slip through the cracks. At Webplanner HQ, we use our own application to keep us organized. Here's how we do it: First, create a project with a duration of one week. In this project, l... (Read more)

Jovia on the PMO podcast

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Click the link for her interview with Mark Perry.... (Read more)

SF New Tech

by Sophia Elson on
Last night I attended SF New Tech for the first time. I’ll definitely be coming back, and if you’re located near the San Francisco Bay Area, I recommend you check it out too. For over five years, tech enthusiasts have gathered for monthly SFNT events to network and to watch demonstrations by both start-ups and established companies. A clock on stage glows with a five-minute time limit, keeping demonstrations short, punchy, and often very entertaining. To celebrate the Belgian tech companies hosted at last night’s event, a truck with free Belgian waffles was stationed outside next to S... (Read more)

New to Webplanner

by Sophia Elson on
In part thanks to your great feedback, we've made several new updates to Webplanner: International date settings Auto-save settings Bug fixes Added security through an https login screen Please continue sending us your questions, comments, and suggestions by clicking the Feedback button, which you can find in the upper-right corner of every Webplanner screen.... (Read more)

Project KickStart vs Webplanner

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Users of our desktop application Project KickStart have asked for a Webplanner/PKS comparison chart. That chart can now be found here.... (Read more)

Task Attachments, Facebook/Twitter, and Reviews

by Sophia Elson on
Three news items on the Webplanner front: 1) New feature: Task Attachments. You can now attach files directly to specific tasks. To do this, click the paperclip icon on the Tasks page or the Schedule page. To make collaborating even easier, you can also link a task to an online document, such as a Google doc. 2) We're now on Twitter and Facebook. A not-so-secret secret: If you choose to follow us, some good things may come your way. 3) People are loving Webplanner. Here are some of the places we've been featured: Feedmyapp, Smashing Apps, Manifest Density, Marcus P. Zillman, Webifica... (Read more)

Geeky Field Trips

by Sophia Elson on
It's been quite a busy few weeks. There have been many new developments with Webplanner (more on that in another post), and Jovia and I have had the opportunity to attend two fascinating tech conferences. Last week, we caught the fourth chapter in the six-part Alchemist Series. Put on by the the Harvard Club in San Francisco, Alchemist Series events are a wonderful opportunity to meet and converse with promising young entrepreneurs and hear words of advice from start-up veterans. Conveniently, the theme ("What I wish I had known before my first product launch") was very relevant to us as we... (Read more)

Improved Reports Page

by Sophia Elson on
In response to requests, Webplanner's development team has updated the Reports page with more file type options. Now you can open reports in the program of your choice by saving them as PDF, RTF, XLS, or plain text files. We hope you find these changes helpful, and please keep the feedback coming! It's been great getting so much quality advice from our beta testers. We appreciate it, and we're listening.... (Read more)

Webplanner Goes into Public Beta!

by Jovia Nierenberg on
Today, we opened up the Webplanner beta, and put a link to create an account on our home page. We started sending out announcements out to all Project KickStart customers and contacts this morning, and will continue for the next few weeks. We put a link on the Project KickStart website, wrote a press release, and are contacting other people who might be interested. I've spent all day answering people's questions, and watching new users sign up every few minutes. It's been a very exciting day! Our next few challenges include facilitating communication between Webplanner and our Salesforce... (Read more)

Reports, email notifications, new login page, oh my!

by Jovia Nierenberg on
We have implemented quite a few more features since my last blog post. The most recent new features are PDF reports, email notifications, and a new login splash screen. We're thinking of inviting more people to the beta pretty soon as well!... (Read more)

RockMelt

by Jovia Nierenberg on
The RockMelt beta was finally announced last Sunday on TechCrunch, and beta invites were given to the first 500 people to read the article (and click on a link). According to the article, RockMelt is "built around friends, feeds, and search results" and is built on Chromium, the open-source browser from which Google Chrome is built. My favorite RockMelt feature is the feeds bar on the right side of the screen. RockMelt comes preloaded with your Facebook feed, but you can add any other feeds you like. The RSS reader FeedDemon is pretty good, but having all of my feeds within the browser is e... (Read more)

Invite-only beta begins on October 15th!

by Jovia Nierenberg on
As the Webplanner team finished our development meeting after dark last night, we looked over our list of what we still have left to do, and came to the conclusion that we can announce October 15th as our invite-only beta release! It's been a long journey to get this far, and I'm personally very excited to show our work to our beta testing group. As we have learned this spring and summer, creating a web application is very different than creating a desktop application. Getting Real - The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application by 37 Signals helped us immensely i... (Read more)

Serial entrepreneurs have lots of projects.

by Jovia Nierenberg on
On Wednesday night, I went to the first event in The Alchemist Series: How to spot a disruptive business idea, put on by the Harvard Club in San Francisco. Four successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30 discussed their stories, where technology is going, and how to spot a disruptive business idea. Successful entrepreneurs are serial entrepreneurs, and therefore need to plan lots of projects. The first panelist, Trip Adler, CEO and cofounder of Scribd, tried 10 different web-based business ideas before landing on a successful one! Another panelist, Alex Rampell, cofoundr and CEO of Tr... (Read more)

We're getting close!

by Jovia Nierenberg on
Last night, we had a team meeting to discuss the things we still have to do. We only have 13 tasks left before the beta release! (We also have 11 tasks that we'd like to accomplish before the beta release, but could do during the beta testing period.) We discussed putting a feedback button onto every screen to maximize the amount of real customer questions and feedback we use in perfecting the app, creating future features, and having an FAQ page. We already have a lot of feedback from the first two surveys; thank you to everyone who filled them out. Most of the feedback we've gotten has be... (Read more)

Our First WebPlanner Blog Post!

by Jovia Nierenberg on
WebPlanner started as an idea. Here at Experience in Software, we've been making project planning software for 18 years, but all of our previous software has been desktop software. Throughout the 90s and 00s, we've watched the popularity and uses of the internet develop. We put up our first company website in 1995. We followed the growth of Web 2.0. A few key people at Experience in Software, in different places, all had a very similar idea: let's bring our project management software to the web to allow our customers to collaborate on their projects and communicate better while executing thei... (Read more)