Dayboard

Daily task management for teams

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#4 Product of the DayJune 13, 2014
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John Chan@jtcchan · Dayboard
Hey guys :) I'm John, the guy behind Dayboard. I'd love to hear your feedback and I'd be happy to answer any questions! @helencrozier great point. Right now the plans don't go anywhere when you try to pick them -- I put these plans up this morning to gauge interest and see if anyone would pick the paid plans. I might end up changing it at launch. Also: I've released a Chrome extension (see Related Link) that currently works (very well) for individuals if you want to kick the tires and see what the experience would be like. My existing users love it and it was featured on Lifehacker yesterday. The final outcome is to have the web app sync with the Chrome extension so it syncs with your team but that's still in the works.
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Jason Glaspey@jasonglaspey · Founder - Factory
@jtcchan John, I just thought I'd chime in and let you know that my team and I really love your product, love the design, and the ideas behind it. However, you asked for feedback, so I thought I'd share with you why we don't plan on using it (at least not yet), despite it being one of the more promising tools we've come across. We have a very small distributed team. 3 FT and 2 PT employees. Keeping track of projects is hard, but we're all autonomous and don't need hand holding. However, that doesn't mean that we don't need to manage projects in some ways. I love the idea of each person only having a set number of tasks (however, I think it's a bit presumptuous for you to assume 5 is the magic number and not make that an editable value). And I love the clarity it gives for each person for their own sanity, and for seeing what everyone else is prioritizing. The problem comes that there doesn't seem to be a way to queue backlog items. Things that need attention, but not today. I realize that there are other tools for this, but there's just no way I'm managing two lists (a larger planning mode, *and* my today list). Also, I help plan our team's focus and direction for the day/week/month. It would be insanely useful for me to have access and editing abilities for my team. They really love knowing what I want them working on. That allows them to focus less on prioritizing themselves, and more on just doing. as it is, Dayboard looks awesome, and has a ton of promise, but to me, it feels like a feature, not a product. The feature of "today" and transparency, but it lacks the power to allow it to stand on its own, and the act of adding a second tool to a messy project management workflow seems arduous. I'll keep an eye on it, and hope it continues to develop into more. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or if the product road map ever contains some of my requests. Best.
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John Chan@jtcchan · Dayboard
@jasonglaspey Hey Jason! Thanks for the feedback. :) TL;DR - we do have plans for your requests in our current roadmap. > I think it's a bit presumptuous for you to assume 5 is the magic number and not make that an editable value. You're right. The number is slightly arbitrary and causes problems since everyone scope tasks differently. That said, I'd like to stay away from introducing settings if I can help it: it complicates the software over time. Most of the requests we get is about letting people increase their limit, but instead, we're currently working on letting you archive completed tasks. This lets you look at "five tasks at a time", rather than "five tasks a day". This preserves the limit, you can continue working, and there's no extra setting. > The problem comes that there doesn't seem to be a way to queue backlog items. Things that need attention, but not today. I realize that there are other tools for this, but there's just no way I'm managing two lists (a larger planning mode, *and* my today list). Agreed! We typically suggest to users other tools when they need longer term planning, but frankly, it's not a good solution. Long story short: we do have backlogs planned. We'll likely bundle this with integrations to existing PM tools, since I doubt we'll ever be as fully featured (to keep things simple). I prefer this since different teams have different processes / needs and different PM tools addresses this appropriately. It'll be optional of course: if you don't have an existing tool you'd like to integrate with, you can add them directly to your backlog in Dayboard. Either way, the final result would let you choose your current priorities from your backlog, and add them to your today list. > I help plan our team's focus and direction for the day/week/month. It would be insanely useful for me to have access and editing abilities for my team. We'll likely have this for backlog items, but not for shortlists. Thanks again for the detailed feedback. We're definitely working on this and still have a lot of work left to do. In the meantime, let me know if you have any other suggestions. I hope we can earn your business some day! :) Best, John
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JP Patil@jpatil · Product @ Grand Rounds
Interesting. You may not realize it but many of the strengths of the product you mention on your corpsite have been researched well. The late Dr. Clifford Nass from Stanford did lots of studies on task switching and the effects it has on productivity and quality. In fact what you are trying to do is limit work in progress/ process (WIP). Many Lean (from where Lean Startup took many ideas from) and Kanban (capital K) systems explicitly limit WIP as well. They also have the visual representation of what is being worked upon but also provide the 30,000, 5,000 and 10 foot view you mentioned above (most task management tools only focus on the 10 foot). However, for many project management tools, to get the 10 foot view, you have to have the 5,000 and sometimes 30,000 stuff in there and the 10 foot view looks janky. Looks like you are trying to crack it at the 10 foot view which isn't how most of the project management tools go at the problem really. I would be curious to see how your tool will end up playing with the project management tools. Perhaps @__tosh might have some thoughts. Pricing for task management tools varies widely. There are so many out there, when I was trying to count a couple years back I stopped at 150. Flow is $29 for 5, Trello is free, Asana is $50 for 15, HiTask is 20 for 5, Todoist is free. Kanban tools - Swift-Kanban is free for 20, LeanKit is free for 10, blossom.io is $19 for 5, Tasktop is free for 5.
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Kevin Li@liveink · Co-Founder at Farmstead
just started using this (i think it's out of beta), so good
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Ria BlagburnHunter@riaface · Founder, GrowBeyond
I like the way this gives a nice overview of what's happening with your teammates.
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Me too, @riaface. It feels more collaborative and gives everyone accountability + celebration for getting things done.