Firesub

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Adam Posey@trulyadamant
So I received your tweet and I ADORE checklists. You had me pegged. Call me political about this, but when I see tools like these I can't help but feel they ignore a TON of use cases where busier, less technical workers, could benefit. As our economy shifts into more and more people performing service oriented work (serving, retail) to make ends meet, tools like these could help improve their jobs. Case in point. I've used checklists in restaurants to reduce wait times and increase cleanliness and for training. Restaurants often don't have the budget to put such devices in the hands of every employee (nor any reason to). My checklists were on paper. I'd love to see an app integrate with paper solutions via QR code or bar coded printing. Then you only need one employee with a smart phone to snap and catalog checklists turned in by fellow employees. This is more a criticism of the entire field of checklist apps than yours in particular.
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
Hey @trulyadamant Thanks for your comment. I agree that it's a great opportunity for the less tech savvy workers to get some real help performing tasks. However I'm not sure a paper solution is the way to go, It might but I feel you don't fully utilizing the full potential technical help can bring. That being said your idea using QR coded paper checklists to scan right in to the app to get the history and statistics is not a bad bridge between a full paper system and smartphones for everyone. I'l have to think about it and do some customer surveys to see if that is something that is requested. Anyway, thanks for the awesome input!
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Adam Posey@trulyadamant
@frejnorling sure, and we don't have to agree on it. But as much as I love digital records we'll never surpass paper for time-to-action. The cognitive load to bring up an app is far more intense than any of us want to admit. Then you have to account for device speed, bugs, training, and more. For the great many businesses where putting a $1000 phone in the hands of each employee isn't reasonable, cost effective, or time effective paper wins. It's the "minimum viable tool" for businesses in states unfortunate enough not to have a burgeoning tech industry. Which is most of them.
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
@trulyadamant I totally agree with you! The question I'm asking myself is how I want to position the product, to be a technical product that fits teams with technical workers or something that can fit both technical and non technical teams. Edit: Rephrased my thoughts for clarification.
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Adam Posey@trulyadamant
@frejnorling well, for what it's worth technical teams seem pretty well served. Non technical teams seem drastically and woefully underserved. A hybrid solution that's easy to under stand is something I could push to my clients for sure.
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
@trulyadamant You have me convinced, I will definitely look in to how a solution like that could work. It must be dead simple to use and understand, so to get the feature design right will probably take some time. Thanks for the awesome feedback and new insights into how people might use and find value in Firesub.
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Bryan Watkins@bryanwatkins
Hey! Glad to see this topic and this product featured. How does this product differ from the other offerings in this space (IE Process Street, Manifestly, Tallyfy etc.)? Along those lines from the feedback you got during beta what features are upcoming on the road-map? I'm a huge fan of this space so glad to see another offering in the marketplace!
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
Hey @bryanwatkins thanks for your comment! The main difference is that Firesub is built around simple, reusable checklists. I want to avoid describing in details **how** a process is performed, instead I built Firesub to help teams with **what** should be done. There is 2 important features on that I'l implement next, the first is to be able to add "Task status". Instead of just marking a task in a checklist as completed, you can add different possible statuses for each task, like Approved & Not Approved, or maby Waiting, In progress and completed. The second feature is to be able to assign specific tasks to a team member so only he or she can mark that task as completed. Besides this, I'm going to improve team member invitation so a member is added to the team but marked as "Invited". This way you can continue design your checklist template without the need to wait for the person to sign up.
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
Hello Hunters! Thanks @bramk for hunting Firesub! For the last year or so I’ve been building a checklist management app for teams called Firesub. The idea is to help make recurring tasks easy to remember and perform in a consistent way across the team. It is an app that let you create and manage checklists that you and your team can follow whenever you need to perform a repetitive task like marketing, customer onboarding, new employee onboarding etc. There is a ton of awesome features like assign people to checklists, scheduled checklists, email notifications when checklists is completed and so on, too much to write here, so please “check it” out. =) I’ll be around to answer any question or feedback you have. Thanks!
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Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
I saw @sacca tweet about to-do list management apps the other day. Many swear by Wunderlist What are you biggest differentiating aspects @frejnorling ?
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
@bentossell The biggest difference between Firesub and the other TODO apps is that Firesub is built from the ground up around the concept of reusable checklists. You create a checklist template that you can run every time you or someone in your team need to perform a task/process. Anyone in your team can improve the checklist so it works better over time and keep it up to date.
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Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@frejnorling cool, what research did you do to find out that this is what teams want and what is lacking from current solutions?
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
@bentossell I'v been in private beta for a while and got great feedback from people using the product. I did a leap of faith decision by building around the reusable checklist concept, but by the feedback and usage I'v gotten this far, it looks promising. There is also a great book exploring the usage of checklists called the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (http://www.amazon.com/The-Checkl...) that shows the usefulness of reusable checklists.
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Andrea Hill@afhill · Founder, Frameplay Consulting LLC
Interesting idea! My first question was "how is this different from Asana" but I dig that it seems a LOT more focused.. and you can more easily track the progress of multi-stage tasks. I wonder how many teams really know all the stages they go through though; to be able to set up a workflow? It seems that could be the biggest barrier to adoption. How have early testers responded?
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FrejMaker@frejnorling · Founder of Firesub
Thanks @afhill for the comment! Yes, Firesub is a lot more focused than say Asana and other project management systems. By looking how the beta testers have used Firesub, they often start with one or two checklists, and usually not that many tasks, the tasks in the beginning is pretty broad, like, "Contact the customer", but after a few completion they develop the checklist, adding more tasks, change tasks to be more specific, splitting tasks into more detailed tasks. A way to lower the friction to get started is to have a directory of ready made checklists that teams can pick and choose from. And customize to fit their processes.