What are your favorite tools for collaborative time tracking and scheduling? My business partner and I want to be able to schedule our time and track it in the same place. (And we eventually might add other people.) We need a flexible tool (so like, not restricted to fifteen minutes or whatever). Paid is cool as long as it's not a gajillion dollars for enterprise level stuff that we do not need.
What online backup and collaboration solution should a small ad agency use? [more inside]
I work in an insular and highly specialized field. One of the most significant international conferences for my field and sector begins in fewer than 10 working days. My team (including myself, a peer, my boss and his bosses) are slated to present at this conference. No one is scheduling time to work on this presentation, I have no idea what to expect at our presentation, and I do not have the power to induce the other participants to begin working on the presentation. [more inside]
I have a lot of creative interests and hobbies, and I love to collaborate with others, both virtually and in-person. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find people who are interested in collaborating and willing to follow through (perhaps the bigger problem). I feel like there must be communities, online or otherwise, that help facilitate collaboration, but I don’t know where to go. More below the fold. [more inside]
How do copywriters and designers collaborate on assignments? [more inside]
I'm about to start a writing project with someone else. I have no idea how this is done: logistically, that can be all worked out, I mean more division of labor. Does one dream up and the other grind it out? What works best for you and your writing partner?
Designers: how do you collaborate, especially when you're at different skill levels / when one designer notices details, and the other doesn't? [more inside]
My family has a vacation home, which my mother has managed until now. She has created an LLC in order to turn over the responsibilities to her 3 children and 2 adult grandchildren (all living in same region, within 6-7 hours of the place). What collaborative online space would you recommend for this purpose? If you have experience with such a family project, what tips or suggestions aside from Web collaboration? [more inside]
After a few years, I’ve started to get back into drawing, and I miss having artist friends to collaborate with! Where can I find them? [more inside]
I am working with a new, small remote team, and I'm trying to establish good norms for software tools to manage projects. I'm looking for advice on workflows and getting less tech-savy members up to speed. Specific questions, including Asana and Slack, below. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good collaborative online resource that I could use to coordinate my brother's bachelor party? Essentially, I need to be able to coordinate schedules and accept suggestions and thoughts on what we can do. I'd think that there's a great collab website for this, but my google-fu is failing mightily. Help Askme-wan-kenobi, you're my only hope.
I met a visual artist two years ago whose work is very, very important to me. I set up a meeting with him because I work in the arts and my skills are complimentary to his. We planned to do a project together, so we spent a lovely day meeting and doing a bit of work together. But he immediately stopped communicating with me as soon as we parted ways. [more inside]
I need a new job but I'm not sure where to even start looking. I don't feel like I'm qualified to do much of anything but what I'm doing now but I am BURNT OUT! So what's a 20 something with a sorta-liberal arts degree who hasn't done much but hang out with kids all day supposed to do? [more inside]
I cannot quite imagine why in this day and age I am having so much trouble with finding the right fit for this. [more inside]
I'm helping a non-profit organization that gets dozens of inquiries a day distribute the workload among a number of volunteers (around 70). I wanted to use Google's Collaborative Inbox for this, as it allows multiple users to respond from the same email address, mark message status (complete, requires response, does not require response), and assign messages to a particular user. The crucial feature it lacks is automatic assignment to particular support volunteers based on keywords or email address received from (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org goes into the same inbox as all the others, but is auto-assigned to the volunteer who specializes in metalworkers). What alternatives to Google Groups are there for this scenario? Free options are ideal, but we have a budget in the tens of dollars a month if required.
An arts org I work with is seven years old. We've had some success, and we're revisiting our mission statement for the first time in a while. Any tips/ethods for getting a small group of people to work fruitfully on this together?
What would you recommend for project management and research-sharing among 15 people? We want to replace Redbooth fka Teambox with something that works and suits our needs better (specifics within). Thanks in advance. [more inside]
As the title suggests, I'm looking for various examples of business/organization collaboration, especially ones where people from different industries work together in an interdisciplinary fashion. People combining their expertise in different fields to work on a project together would be especially helpful. For profit, non profit, big corporations or the local PTA, all are great. I am also interested in spectacular failures of collaboration, if you can think of any of those.
What does "Project Management Light" look like? Are there good resources out there team members can read/watch/etc? Background and requirements inside. [more inside]
I'm a Project Manager at a web company that makes websites, apps, etc. We are pretty small so any solution needs to be affordable and easy to use. There are so many project management tools out there and we have evaluated many. I have a short list of things I'm looking for which I'll outline inside but mainly there seems to be a lack of resource management at an hourly level. So, either that is too high level for the price/ease of the tools we are looking at, or people are managing that some other way. Data and management geeks, please help!! [more inside]
We are a team of about 25 spread across two main locations with a single person in a third locale. We also use some outsourced resources now and again. We use a mish mash of tools to do everything from email (some of us use Outlook, others use Gmail with a forward, others use webmail/Zimbra, some use MacMail, etc.) to file sharing, chat and video conferencing. We need to get our act together and select the right tools. Help! [more inside]
I've been assigned a project with a coworker who has, historically, done as little work as humanly possible. I don't know how to manage this. [more inside]
O hai! I'm a Google avoider. I've managed to not use Gmail, and to stop using Google as a search engine. I do have a Google account, but I use a separate browser to log into that, and log out and close the browser when I'm done. My online Google-avoiding life would be complete if only I could find a good replacement for Googledocs, preferrably free. [more inside]
I have recently entered into a master's program at a top school in my field. Student-led discussions are a popular classroom tool here as a way of making the discussion less "top-down" and integrating students' professional experience into the conversation. However, these student-led discussions have also been known to "fall flat", and unproductive discussions are the most common complaint in class evaluations. [more inside]
What software/websites would you recommend to help a team of not more than a dozen individuals at different sites manage a collaborative project? [more inside]
Does something like GitHub exist that's optimized for design files? [more inside]
I'm very interested in the transactions that take place between Artists and Coders when you stick them together in a room - is there a name for this ? where should I look for more information ? [more inside]
A number of us want to collaborate on a web video. Basically, we'd love to find a site where each of us could record a short clip via web cam and someone could edit them all together. Nothing fancy, just a video like those super cuts of a character doing a signature phrase over and over again. Are there any sites that make this easy?
The manager of a non-profit owner wants to track inbound and outbound emails of 7 different users. [more inside]
There are a lot of wiki platforms/software available, but I'd like input on which would be easier for a broad usergroup, with a good management element. More thoughts inside. [more inside]
I need to find a to-do/productive/teamwork app with a fairly specific feature set. It has to be... [more inside]
I have an econ blog and asked a friend of mine to help illustrate some posts with comics. He agreed! Have you been on either side of a comparable collaboration? Could you offer some tips? [more inside]
I thought he was attracted to me. I'm really attracted to him. Turns out he's just really excited about my creative work. Help me find the words to be honest about the attraction and the fact that I'd like to get past that imbalance so we can do all the collaborations we want to do. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: three people working on a startup together. There are numerous tasks and to-dos and they need a website to track it (what needs to be done, who's doing it, progress, etc.). Something pretty simple would probably be best. Recommendations?
what tools and platforms exist right now which humanists can use to do collaborative research? what models exist of successful humanities collaboration? [more inside]
I'm looking for a collaborative bookmarking utility that can group links and organize links within the groups. It should be easy. We have no budget. [more inside]
Have you ever collaborated on a project with someone you met on Mefi or elsewhere online? How did that happen? Was there something about how the online environment that made it easy to reach out or be approached? I'm interested in learning what kinds of dynamics or aspects of online communities foster collaboration. [more inside]
What is a good online communication tool for a small group? [more inside]
Please recommend an on-line collaborative note-taking site to encourage a conference audience to creatively respond to presentations. [more inside]
My friend and I want to draw together. Two potential problems: First, I'm in Seattle, she's in Michigan. [more inside]
Help me remember the name of a site that was setup for designers and developers to share project opportunities to work together. [more inside]
Do you know of any online solutions to collect submissions from a group of people and then archive it in a useful way? [more inside]
Please help me set up something like a shared shoebox for keeping useful PowerPoints slides, ideas for visual representations, graphics, etc. [more inside]
How do I cope with a coworker bossing me when she's not my boss? Today my coworker straight up told me that she was delegating a specific project to me and her supervisee "to free up [her] time for other things." Although I want to work on the project, I don't want her thinking she can just delegate work to me whenever she gets too busy. Bonus: I’m finding it difficult to work with her supervisee. [more inside]
Creative differences: Is there any good advice or useful experiences out there about how to work diplomatically with bandmates or co-writers without murdering each other? [more inside]
My manperson/GM wants to play Dawn of Worlds, a roleplaying game where people collaboratively make a map, online. In order to do this, we need some kind of platform that can allow people to collaboratively edit an image with state saving and rollbackable images. [more inside]
[Grad School Filter] “Hello more-established stranger who already did the academic research I wanted to do and my committee is making me email you…” Does anyone have any verbage that seems graceful and appropriate? [more inside]
Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music? We want to do an album in 24 hours, and we're looking for a site where we can upload parts of audio tracks we are working on and do basic editing on them. [more inside]
Looking for a web/mobile app for planning adventures with friends. [more inside]
Singer/album identification: Young female singer who collaborated with an older male arranger/composer. [more inside]