Upwave Introduces Time Tracking and Estimation

You can now track time on your tasks and set time estimates directly in Upwave!

 

Manage your time with Upwave

Easily track the time you spend on a task by using the automatic timer feature inside a card or by creating manual time entries. Set time estimates to make sure you stay on track. Several people can add time entries on the same task, which makes it perfect for collaborative work.

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 Turn your data into insightful reports

Time is the most precious resource we have, but we still waste a great deal of it. To spend time more wisely, you need to know where your time is going. Easily generate timesheets at project-, task- or user-level. Share your reports by exporting them as PDF- or csv-files.

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Start tracking and spend your time more wisely!

Sign up for a free 14-day trial at here!

Upwave announces it has joined the Google Cloud Technology Partner Program

Oslo, Norway, July 19th, 2018 — Upwave Technologies AS, producer of the project- and process management platform Upwave, today announces that it has joined the Google Cloud Technology Partner Program.

Joining the Google Cloud Technology Partner Program will allow Upwave to innovate faster, and deliver an improved and more seamless collaboration experience to their customers. Upwave is looking forward to continuing its relationship with Google Cloud, and to better serve customers who are using G Suite and Upwave in combination.

«Our relationship with Google Cloud is a big step for Upwave as it gives us the opportunity to bring a suite of capabilities to our customers in an easy and scalable way», said Kjetil Moløkken-Østvold, CEO of Upwave. «The Google Cloud Technology Partner Program gives us access to an engaged network of technology partners to learn from and create with, helping us innovate faster and scale smarter».

Contact information: Kjetil Moløkken-Østvold, CEO. kjetil@upwave.io, +47-90140187.

 

About Upwave Technologies

Upwave is a cloud-based platform for collaborating on projects, innovation processes, and daily tasks. Launched in early 2016, Upwave has customers in over 30 countries across the globe. Primary customer industries are public sector entities, non-profits, and creative consultancies.

The main philosophy behind Upwave is that we believe that you get more done with the right amount of features and less clutter. Upwave seeks to increase productivity, collaboration and employee engagement, and integrates well with other B2B SaaS products.

Upwave is based in Oslo, Norway.

Use SWOT to Identify Opportunities and Mitigate Risks

The SWOT-matrix is a strategic planning tool used to understand and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in an organization.

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Strengths: Which characteristics of the business or project gives it an advantage over others?

Weaknesses: Which characteristics of the business or project places it at a disadvantage relative to others?

Opportunities: Which elements in the environment could the business or project exploit to its advantage?

Threats: Which elements in the environment could cause trouble for the business or project?

 

Why use the SWOT-matrix?

Using the SWOT-matrix has many advantages:

  • Intuitive way to map internal characteristics of your business and external elements in your environment that may affect your business
  • Lets you visualize how you can use your strenghts to exploit opportunities or reduce risks
  • Easy way to structure your brainstorming and encourage conversation in your team

 

How to Create Your SWOT-matrix in Upwave

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The easiest way to utilize the SWOT-matrix is to use an online tool, like Upwave, where you can update the canvas in real-time and collaborate with your collageus. To get started with SWOT in Upwave, go to templates and choose “SWOT”. To add a card, just click inside the box where you want to add it. Try to keep the text short and concise. Use different colors for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Get started with your SWOT-matrix

Identify Customer Problems Worth Solving with Lean Canvas

Lean Canvas was created by Ash Maurya (leanstack.com) and is an adaptation of Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder. Lean Canvas is optimized for the Lean Startup methodology, and the emphasis is on finding customer problems that are worth solving.

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Illustration of Lean Canvas created based on the original from www.leanstack.com

The 9 building blocks in Lean Canvas are as follows:

1. Problem: What are your customer’s problems and how are they solved today?

2. Customer segments: Who are your target customers and what are their characteristics?

3. Unique value proposition: Why are you different and worth paying attention to?

4. Solution: What are the possible solutions for each problem?

5. Unfair advantage: What advantage do you have that can not be easily copied or bought?

6. Revenue streams: What are your sources of revenue?

7. Cost structure: What are your fixed and variable costs?

8. Key metrics: What are the key numbers that tell you how your business is doing?

9. Channels: What is your path to customers?

 

How to Create Your Lean Canvas in Upwave

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The easiest way to utilize Lean Canvas is to use an online tool, like Upwave, where you can update the canvas in real-time with your collageus. To get started with Lean Canvas in Upwave, go to templates and choose “Lean Canvas”. To add a card, just click inside the box where you want to add it. Try to keep the text short and concise. Use colors to create links between different aspects of your business model.

Start by filling out problem (What are your customer’s problems and how are they solved today?), customer segments (Who are your target customers and what are their characteristics?) and then unique value proposition (Why are you different and worth paying attention to?). Then continue with solution (What are the possible solutions for each problem?), unfair advantage (What advantage do you have that can not be easily copied or bought?) and revenue streams (how much money are you going to make?).

Now that you’ve covered the problem, your solution, why you are different and how you’re gonna make money, it’s time to look at costs, metrics and channels. Start by filling out cost structure (What are your fixed and variable costs?) and key metrics (What are the key numbers that tell you how your business is doing?), and finish with channels (how are you going to reach your customers?). You now have a one page visualization of your business model!

Get started with your Lean Canvas

Connect Upwave to 1000+ other apps with Zapier

Upwave now integrates with Zapier, which lets you automatically create cards in Upwave whenever there’s a trigger in any of the 1000+ connected apps.

Automated connections called Zaps, are set up in minutes with no coding. You can automate your day-to-day tasks and build workflows between apps that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

Each Zap has one app as the Trigger, where your information comes from and which causes one or more Actions in other apps, where your data gets sent based on your set-up.

To learn more, read our guide which explains step-by-step how to create a Zap from scratch. Or jump straight into the action and try out one of the popular premade Zaps below.

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To connect Upwave with thousands of other apps, including Gmail, GitHub, and Slack, head to Upwave’s Zapier integration page.

 

Visualize Your Business Model with Upwave

We are working on expanding our system templates to fit even more of your business processes, and the first one out is the Business Model Canvas!

What is the Business Model Canvas?

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management tool developed by Alexander Osterwalder (www.strategyzer.com). It helps you visualize your business model in a logical way on a single page. The canvas consists of 9 building blocks which covers the four main areas of a business; Offer, customers, infrastructure and financial viability.

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The 9 building blocks are as follows:

1. Customer segments: Which customer groups are you creating value for?

2. Value propositions: What value do you deliver to your customers?

3. Channels: How do you reach your target customers?

4. Customer relationships: How do you interact with your target customers?

5. Revenue streams: How much will you make?

6. Key resources: What do you need? Which resources does your value proposition require?

7. Key activities: How do you do it? Which activities does your value proposition require?

8. Key partnerships: Who will help you?

9. Cost structure: What will it cost?

 

How to use the Business Model Canvas

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The easiest way to utilize Business Model Canvas is to use an online tool, like Upwave, where you can update the canvas in real-time with your collageus. To get started with Business Model Canvas in Upwave, go to templates and choose “Business Model Canvas”. To add a card, just click inside the box where you want to add it. Try to keep the text short and concise. Use colors to create links between different aspects of your business model.

Start by filling out customer segments (which customers are you serving?) and then value propositions (which customer problems and neds are you solving?). Then continue with channels (how are you delivering value to your customers?). customer relationships (what kind of relationships do you need to establish and maintain?) and revenue streams (how much money are you going to make?).

Now that you’ve finished the customer and revenue aspect, it’s time to look at the infrastructure and costs. Start by filling out the key resources (which assets does your value proposition require?) and key activities (which activities does your value proposition require?). Continue with key partners (who will help you?) and finish with cost structure (what will it cost?). You now have a one page visualization of your business model!

Get started with your business model canvas

Upwave Introduces Productivity Bot for Hangouts Chat by G Suite

Upwave’s productivity bot for Hangouts Chat is now available! At its core is an AI that understands natural language. It is instructed not to spam users with unwanted messages.

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The Upwave productivity bot for Hangouts Chat is a two-way AI bot. You can talk to it either in private or in a chat room. It will help you and your team to create, delegate, and list tasks (cards) directly inside the chat. You can also configure the bot to send you private notifications when something important occurs in Upwave that involves you. A chat-room will never get spammed with messages that don’t matter to you!

Natural language

The bot understands natural language and can sometimes follow up with a question if something is unclear. For example, a command like @Upwave create Remember to schedule meeting with Sofie tomorrow, will ask you on what board you’d like the card “Remember to schedule meeting with Sofie” to be added. “Tomorrow” will be understood as tomorrow at noon, but the bot understands a wide range of dates, for example, “tomorrow morning” or “next Tuesday”.

Another very useful feature is to ask the bot to find information. For example, you can ask the bot to list your own or a colleagues’ tasks for the upcoming week or what they did yesterday. This is perfect in scenarios like a remote status meeting.

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Personal Assistant

Sending a direct message to the bot will initiate the personal assistant. The assistant will notify you privately on important events happening in Upwave. For example, it will let you know when one of your tasks is due or if someone sent you a High Five. It will never post to a chat-room where others may receive unwanted information. You can, of course, configure the assistant to stop sending specific types of notifications or turn it off altogether.

Preview of Upwave boards and cards

Linking to Upwave cards and boards naturally in a conversation has never been easier. You can ask the bot to preview a card or board for everyone to see by simply pasting in the URL.

The card will then be displayed for all in the room (or privately if you’d like) with action buttons to assign/unassign yourself or complete it.

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Try it out

Trying out the bot is easy if you already have a G-Suite account. Head over to https://chat.google.com and find the bot by typing @Upwave in a chat room or as a Direct Message. If you do not have an Upwave account the bot will create one for you with a free 14-day trial.

5 Upwave Templates to Increase Your Productivity

Our pre-made Upwave templates makes it easier for you to get things done. Choose a template that fits your workflow or customize it to your needs.

General template for daily task management

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This is a basic kanban board consisting of a three-step workflow; “To do”, “In progress” and “Completed”. Use it to keep track on all your personal tasks, tasks within a team or a project. Simply add your tasks in the “To do”-column, move them to “In progress” when you’ve started them and to “Completed” when they’re finished. Use the colors to categorize your tasks based on e.g. priority.

Template for weekly meeting

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Meetings are much more productive if you have an agenda and stick to it. Especially if all notes and information from a meeting is available in real-time for everyone in the meeting. In this template the columns are “Agenda”, “Action items” and “Completed”, and each row represents a week. Add the agenda for the meeting in the first by using the check-list, so you can easily check of items in the meeting. You can also put notes from the meeting in the same card as the agenda, to make it easy for everyone to look at what was discussed in the meeting. Put action items that needs to be done after the meeting in the next column, and assign it to the person responsible. When an action item is done, move it to the “Completed” column. Use the colors to categorize the action items based on departement, team members or priority. In this example, we have categorized based on departement.

Template for prioritizing tasks

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Great time management means being effective as well as efficient. In the modern, fast paced workplace it can be hard to distinguish between what’s important and urgent. We often fall in the trap of believing all urgent tasks are also important, even if that’s seldom the case. The Eisenhower Matrix gives you a visual overview of how to prioritize your tasks based on urgency and importance.

1. Urgent and Important: DO
If a task is both urgent and important, do it right away.

2. Not Urgent, but Important: DECIDE
If a task is important, but not urgent, set a due date and do it later.

3. Urgent, but not Important: DELEGATE
If a task is urgent, but not important, the best thing is to delegate it to someone else.

4. Not Urgent and Not Important: DELETE
If a task is neither important nor urgent, it should not be prioritized. Drop it or do it when you have some extra time.

Template for hiring processes

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A picture says more than a thousand words. In this template we have used cover images instead of colorcoding. The columns are “Applicants”, “Interview” and “Offer”. In applicants you create a card for each person who has applied for the job. You can also attach their resume or other files. If they get an interview, you move the card over to the next column. You can also add comments you have after the interview. Lastly, when you have decided who gets the job, you move the card over to “Offer”.

Template for sales processes

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This template is perfect for visualizing your sales pipeline. The columns are “Leads”, “Contacted”, “Meeting scheduled”, “Proposal sent”, “Won” and “Lost”, but you can customize them to fit your own process. Start by creating a card for each lead, where you  fill in information on the company. Move the cards around based on where they are in the sales pipeline. You can use colors to categorize your leads based on their readiness to buy.

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The Upwave app is now available for both Android and iOS!

We have been working hard for several months to get the app ready – and now it’s finally here. We are so excited! It is free for all users, independent of your subscription plan. Download the app from Google Play or Apple App Store.

Main features

The first version of our new app is designed with easy overview and personal tasks in mind. Lists of tasks, notifications and boards are readily available.

Keep up to date on your projects

  • Get an instant overview of your tasks and deadlines
  • Navigate visual boards for your workflow and projects
  • Receive notifications
  • Filter boards and cards

Organize your workflows and collaborate

  • Delegate tasks to yourself or team members
  • Set deadlines
  • Create subtasks
  • Write comments and descriptions

Hassle-free administration

  • Single Sign-on with G-Suite
  • Switch between Workspaces

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Introducing Workspace – an easier way to collaborate within organizations

Our users wanted the possibility of having multiple teams under the same organization, so we created Upwave Workspace. Instead of creating a team when you signup, you will now create a workspace. Inside this workspace, you can create several teams, e.g. for different departments, project groups, external suppliers etc.

From Single-Team to Multi-Team

Before workspace, you created a team-url when signing up and added all the members in your organization to that team. If you wanted to divide your organization into different teams or departments, you could do this by creating groups for your boards. You could, however, not add members to groups – only to the boards inside a group. With the introduction of workspace, you can now create multiple teams inside your organization.

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While a major change in itself, the launch of Workspace also signals a direction for the platform. We will emphasize collaboration, teams and breaking down silos even more in the future.

Why Is This Awesome News?

What will this launch mean for you and your organization?

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For Big Organizations

If you’re a big organization with a lot of employees, you don’t want your shared workspace to be cluttered with all the projects everyone is working on – but at the same time, you want to have all your employees inside the same workspace. With the introduction of multi-teams, you can now create different departments or project groups inside your organization. The employees will then only see workspace visible (public) teams and teams they are invited to. This way, your employees can focus on the tasks and projects that are relevant to them.

For Collaborating With External Clients/Suppliers

If you are working with clients or suppliers that you don’t want to see everything inside your organization, you can easily create a team for your collaboration. This way you don’t have to worry about them getting access to confidential information, because they will only be able to see boards inside that specific team. When a project is over, it’s easy to revoke their access to the team or delete it.

For Small Organizations

Even if you are a small organization, you will still get advantages of multi-teams. You can look at it as a way to organize your boards, which makes it easier to structure different areas of your business. Before this release, you could see all non-private boards, even if you weren’t a part of them. Let’s say you only work with marketing, you can now create a team for marketing, where only the marketing team are members. When you log in to the workspace, the marketing team is all you will see. Where as before, you would also see all the tech, admin, and sales boards – even if you weren’t a part of them.

Key Benefits:

  • Users can collaborate in multiple, separate teams, within the same organization workspace
  • Improved access rights and security control – allowing easy involvement of outside parties on demand (customers, contractors and partners)
  • Teams can be assembled and dissolved with a few clicks – useful for short term projects
  • Workspace administrator(s) can manage the entire account, and have full overview of all teams and workspace activity
  • Individual teams assign their own administrators, with full control of details