Ready to accelerate and take on the US market!

Upwave has been selected for the Norwegian New York Accelerator (NNYA) this summer and we’re so excited!

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But what exactly is an accelerator?

It’s basically an intense education program where you compress years’ worth of learning-by-doing into just a few months . Why? To really kickstart growth in early stage companies. How? By providing groups of startups with education, mentorship, network, partners and investors.

And what is the Norway New York Accelerator (NNYA)?

The Norway New York Accelerator is an elite “market-entry” program for Norwegian startups ready to break into the East Coast US market. It’s a three-month accelerator program for Norwegian companies led by one of USA’s best-performing accelerators, ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), in collaboration with Innovation Norway. The program features intense one-on-one mentoring sessions by industry-leading mentors as well as workshops, speakers sessions and office hours by ERA partners and sponsors such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, etc.

We’re looking forward to spending our summer learning, tweaking, pitching, networking and ACCELERATING in the big city! Are you in New York? Do you want to meet the team behind Upwave, give us some feedback, get a demo or just have a coffee? Hit us up! :)

 

We’ve just launched our new website and team calendar!

After spending most of our time working on the product itself, we have finally had time to do a serious overhaul of our brand. In a step towards enhancing the Upwave experience, we have given our website a fresh new design – and stepped up our content.

From vampire red to hot pink

Because let’s face it – pink makes everything look pretty.  Combined with a nice, dark blue to maintain some masculinity – we think it’s the perfect match for Upwave. New fun tag lines and an elegant, minimalistic logo keeps our brand up to date in this modern world.

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New content – to make it easier for you to understand what Upwave actually does

You know when you’ve worked so long on something that you’re not really able to see things clearly anymore? Yeah, that’s where we been at. With the rebranding, our core team needed to have a serious discussion around how to best communicate what our product actually does.

This is what we came up with.

 We’ve even made some cool GIFs, so we’re getting there!

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Get the big picture with our brand new team calendar

We care about our users and love to collaborate with you when adding new features. You wanted a team calendar, so we jumped around and made one! Our team calendar shows you exactly what everyone is working on, what’s coming up next, and who’s responsible. Get rid of bottlenecks and optimize everyone’s capacity.

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UpWave inngår samarbeid med Gründerklubben

Vi i UpWave er veldig opptatt av å støtte entreprenørskap og har derfor inngått et samarbeid med Gründerklubben –  en medlemsgruppe for norske gründere med over 12 000 medlemmer. Vårt hovedformål med dette samarbeid er å videreutvikle oss med basis på tilbakemelding fra det gryende startupmiljøet i Norge, og samtidig bidra med rabatterte priser og ekstra god service til medlemmene.

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I en oppstartsfase er det mye usikkerhet å forholde seg til, men to ting som er sikkert er at tid og penger er en mangelvare. Derfor er det ekstremt viktig for startups å bruke tiden effektivt innad i teamet. UpWave hjelper startups med å få oversikt over alle oppgaver som må gjøres, følge progresjon og få ting gjort. Dermed blir det mer tid til de viktige tingene, som produktutvikling, skaffe kunder og få investorer. For å hjelpe gründere med å få struktur i oppstartskaoset, så gir vi alle medlemmer i Gründerklubben 25 % rabatt i 6 måneder, i tillegg til 30 dagers gratis prøveperiode. Rabattkoden finner du her.

 

Ane Cecilie Ekern appointed as new Chief Marketing Officer

We are excited to announce our newest member of the UpWave family, Ane Cecilie Ekern, joining as our new Chief Marketing Officer. Her expertise within digital marketing and communication will be a huge asset when UpWave now seeks to scale globally.

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Ane Cecilie holds a MSc in Business and Administration from Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), with a major in Business Analysis and Performance Management and a minor in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). She is very passionate about digital marketing and startups, and has a background from both marketing, sales, market analysis and running accelerator programs.

Her previous experience includes helping to build Stavanger’s first accelerator program, X2 Labs, where she was responsible for building the brand and managing the programs. Her hands-on experience will be very useful in helping UpWave drive further growth globally.

Interested in finding out more about Ane Cecilie? Then visit her linkedin page – here.

 

Welcome to the team, Ane Cecilie!

An UpWave success story- Itera

One of the areas in which UpWave excel is the flexibility of task management – it suit about any type of workflow and it is used for a multiple purposes by our clients.  We had a chat with one of our satisfied users from Itera to see how she has integrated it in a project for an external client. This is what she said:

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Itera is a communication and technology company. The company  delivers consulting and strategy, design and development, operations and management.

We solve the challenges differently because we unify our multidisciplinary strengths to gain deeper insight and explore new opportunities.

External Collaboration

Anette Bø Andreassen is one of the Project Managers at Itera. Currently she is involved at a project for a client within banking and insurance. The project she manages is to implement a new customer service desk that will serve a total of 74 banks within that group.

The team that Anette manages consist of 21 members. One of the biggest challenges she face is that the project consists of many sub tasks divided by many holders.

“We work on a big complex project, with many smaller tasks being executed by several internal and external resources. Our need was to find a tool where we get a big overview of what needs to be done, what everyone is working on and who is doing what”.

“As a project manager I have a lot on my plate and using UpWave has helped the team enormously to stay organized and keep everyone on track.”

“During our meetings, I create new Boards and Cards and assign them to the right person in the team. This now saves me a great amount of time as there are less follow up questions after the meetings. Each team member knows what is expected of them, what their tasks are and when they are due. If there’s any hesitation it can easily be checked in UpWave.”

“Now that I use UpWave, I feel more secure that things will actually get done. I get to delegate tasks to members so I know who is responsible for what and it’s easier to follow up on what has been done by whom and what needs to be done and by whom.”

Do you want to work like Itera – Sign up for a 30 day free trial: https://www.upwave.io/

 

UpWave launches in Latin America!

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Hola! Oi! UpWave, a new digital planning and collaboration tool for teams, is now available in Latin America. #visualcollaboration #Boardsforteams #manageprojects #teamwork.

We are excited to announce that in recent months we have been optimising UpWave for our Latin American customers and are delighted to be officially launching in the region for spanish and portuguese speakers.

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Our minimalist, elegant planning and collaboration tool is pure Scandinavian design at its best. In less than 6 months we have brought UpWave’s unique style and approach to help teams in more than 30 countries across 100s of industries get more done together everyday. And at a price less than half of leading competitors, UpWave’s ease of use and value for money is helping us grow fast in the Latin American market. Our team is already expanding, with new members joining UpWave to help us spread the word across the region and we are all looking forward to meeting more new customers.

A new form of collaborative work is being born in Latin America

The region is going through a digital transformation as businesses adapt to the modern workplace. Latin America and the Caribbean are home to upwards of 57 million SMEs, this recent rise in the region has played a big part in explaining why demand in Latin America for solutions like UpWave is exploding. As IDC FutureScape noted recently, by the end of 2017 one in three CEOs of the Top 3,000 Companies in Latin America will have Digital Transformation at the center of their corporate strategy.

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So, why is demand for dedicated tools growing so fast? Bear in mind that 82% of business leaders told us that their use of collaboration tools and technologies has improved time savings since deployment.

UpWave is cloud-based, meaning no matter where you are you can stay up to date in real time with your colleagues. When a tool like UpWave brings value to your your business, it is well worth the money. Teams all over the region are realising this need right now, so we are happy to help.

Online collaboration is only going to become more important, and with UpWave being so easy to use, such great value for money and with a new, Latin American friendly look, we are ready to support businesses across the region make the transition to the future workplace. By 2018, at least 40% of enterprise IT spending in Latin America will be cloud based, reaching more than 50% of all IT Infrastructure, software, services, and technology spending by 2020.

UpWave is was designed to support teams of all shapes and sizes, but small to medium-sized businesses have been a key part of our growth. And these SMBs are becoming a more important part of the global economy than ever before, 38% of worldwide SMB IT products and services revenues coming from this group of companies.

Can a productivity tool improve your life?

In a world where demands on our time seem to be ever increasing, many of these companies and their teams are meeting the same problem, how can you effectively plan and track your work?

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More on the UpWave approach to a simpler, happier work-life balance here

The truth is email and spreadsheets were not designed for the modern workplace. There is a growing need for dedicated planning and collaboration tools and UpWave hits the sweet spot between simplicity and power – easy enough for anyone to use, but still powerful enough to run your business. And with a beautiful design that can be customised the way you want, it doesn’t hurt that it’s seriously good looking.

“Our customers around the world tell us they are facing the same problems at work every day. With all these emails and spreadsheets, how can I keep track of who is doing what?” said Kjetil Moløkken Østvold, CEO at UpWave. “UpWave is a platform that gives you a shared perspective across all of your projects. It’s easy enough for anyone to use and flexible enough to support you the way you want to work”

With all of this excitement and opportunity, and such a positive response to UpWave’s Scandinavian style and approach, we are really happy to start bringing a little Nordic zen to our friends across Latin America. All teams from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and the whole region can now easily and quickly:

  • Get in control! Carry out all your personal or professional projects through quick notes, now online.
  • Get organized! Quickly and easily, you can visualize in one minute the progress of your daily activities.
  • Collaborate! Integrate all the members of your team in one place, increase their participation and productivity.

Pricing and Availability

UpWave is available for all countries across the region, to celebrate our Latin American launch, we are happy to offer a 25% discount for all teams who sign up before 1st April 2017. You can start your free 30 day trial! The promotional code is: LATAM

If you have any questions. Contact us!

About UpWave:

UpWave is a team planning and collaboration service launched in 2016 by a team of top Norwegian designers and engineers. In our first year, we have been fortunate enough to win multiple awards, been chosen as one of the 12 most promising tech startups in the Nordics by 500 Startups and been celebrated by Silicon Valley’s King-Tastemakers over at Product Hunt. Our mission is simple – to help build happy teams, one task at a time all around the world.

How to get the most out of UpWave – Introduction to Agile Process Frameworks

UpWave – Task Management for Teams Made easy


Here at UpWave we are dedicated to empowering teams to get more done together and simplify work processes. If you already are a user of UpWave there’s a chance you are familiar with agile processes, and may have heard about Scrum and Kanban. If the previous sentence filled you with confusion and terror, fear not! We will make it a breeze to learn a little bit more about these techniques. They have made teams of all shapes and sizes more effective.

Kanban vs. Scrum

So what is Scrum and Kanban any way?

Put simply, Scrum and Kanban are two different methods to help you work more effectively by giving your work structure and simple processes to follow. Kanban and Scrum are two terms that are often (incorrectly) used interchangeably but in reality, they have significant differences.

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Scrum on the surface

Scrum is a tool used to organize work into small, manageable pieces that can be completed by a cross-functional team within a prescribed time period, or a so-called “sprint”. A Sprint is typically between 2-4 weeks long.  

For you to plan, organize, administrate, and optimize this process, Scrum relies on at least three prescribed roles:

    1. Product Owner-  responsible for initial planning, prioritizing, and communication with the rest of the company.  
    2. Scrum Master – responsible for overseeing the process during each sprint.
    3. Team Members – responsible to carry out the purpose of each sprint.

Additionally, the Scrum Board is a vital part of this methodology. The Scrum Board is a visual presentation of the workflow, broken down into manageable chunks called “stories”. The stories can be moved along the board to signalize state of work – from the backlog, which is the “to-do list” into work-in progress (WIP) and on to completion.

Kanban at the surface

The Kanban methodology dates back more than 50 years. Same as Kanban, this tool is used to organize and visualize the workflow for the sake of efficiency.

There are four fundamental Kanban principles:

  1. Visualize work to increase communication and collaboration.
  2. Limit work in progress to avoid an endless chain of non-prioritized open tasks.
  3. Measure and optimize the flow, collect metrics, predict future problems.
  4. Aim for continuous improvement as the result of analysis.

Similar to Scrum, Kanban encourages work to be broken down into manageable chunks and use a Kanban Board. The Kanban Board is very similar to the Scrum Board – it is used to visualize work as it progresses through the workflow.  A basic Kanban Board has a three-step workflow

  1. To do
  2. In Progress
  3. Done

Depending on Team´s size, structure and objectives, the workflow can be adjusted to meet the unique processes of any particular team. The Kanban Board is broken down by Kanban Cards. These cards feature critical information on given work, who is responsible for what, estimated time period for work to be completed and so on.

The difference at a glance

Kanban and Scrum share similar concepts but have different approaches.

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Difference between Kanban and Scrum: (https://www.atlassian.com/agile/kanban)

The board itself: On a Scrum Board, the columns are labeled to reflect periods in the workflow, beginning with the backlog and ending with what needs to get done. All the stories added to the board at the beginning of each sprint should be found in the final column at the end of that sprint. After completion of the sprint, the board is cleared and prepared for the next sprint. On the Kanban board, columns are as well labeled to illustrate workflow states. But the difference from Scrum is that they allow only for a maximum amount of stories for each column as well there are no required time boxes, such as the sprint length. The Kanban board will continue to flow for as long as the project continuous, stories can be added and edited throughout the entire time

Scheduling: While Scrum place heavy emphasis on schedule, limitations to time allowed to accomplish a particular task, meaning sprints, as well there are set deadlines. For Kanban, there are no required time boxes, while there are limits to the amount of tasks that can be ongoing.

Roles and responsibilities: Scrum Team requires at least 3 roles that need to be assigned for effectively process the work: Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team Members. Kanban on the other hand has no set roles. Normally, the roles evolves with the needs of the project and the organization. The team in Kanban is not required to be cross-functional as in Scrum.

Who can benefit from it?

While these two methodologies is known as being popular framework used by software and engineering teams. It is however shown that these processes have been gaining steadily popularity in other fields. The processes can be beneficial for anyone working on any sort of complex project, for example if you work in Marketing and you are working on an ad campaign, it could definitely be beneficial for your Team. 

No tool is complete, no tool is perfect

So you might end up asking – which methodology is the best approach? There really is no way to answer this, the final rank depends on the problem you are trying to solve.

Both Scrum and Kanban are powerful, proven processes tools that can vastly improve whatever you are working on. Luckily, UpWave has the flexibility that suit your workflow needs, so the best option is to become familiar with both Scrum and Kanban and experiment to see which approach is better for your overall strategy.

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Useful resources:

Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

The Scrum Guide

http://scrumguides.org

https://www.crisp.se/file-uploads/Kanban-vs-Scrum.pdf

https://realtimeboard.com/blog/choose-between-agile-lean-scrum-kanban/#.WDbDiuHhC8U

http://www.informationweek.com

Announcing new November features

UpWave is Task Management for Teams made easy. Sign up for your 30 day free trial today!


Here at UpWave we are always striving to improve your experience. One of our most important principles is to develop UpWave to suit your needs, which is why we appreciate all the feedback we receive from our customers.With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce our biggest update so far, designed solely to make UpWave more useful and help you get more done, together.

Activity feed on Boards

Simply click on the Board name (in this screenshot, that is “Marketing Q4” and in the drop down menu click on Board Activity. All activity history within that board will now be displayed. This means you can quickly and easily track who did what and when.

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Activity feed on Cards

Click on any card and scroll down to the bottom of the comments section. Here you’ll find the “Show activity” button which will give you details on all activity that has happened on this specific card since it was created. This gives you an even more detailed overview of who is doing what and when, at the click of a button.

In addition, comments you have made can now be easily edited through the 3 dot menu at the right of each comment.

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Drag and drop your colors

This feature makes sorting your colors easier – simply drag and drop as you want and arrange colors to suit your workflow.

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Other highlights include:

  • Invoices are available as a downloadable PDF
  • New language! UpWave is now available in Dutch – heel graag gedaan!

Thanks again to all our growing international user community for providing such fantastic feedback! Any features that you would love to have in UpWave, we encourage you to get in touch with us at https://www.upwave.io/contact . We are always happy to hear from you, it is more helpful than you think.

Sincerely,

The UpWave Team


UpWave is Task Management for Teams made easy. Sign up for your 30 day free trial today! 

The NSBF – an UpWave success story

Ever wondered who is using UpWave and- how they use it? We had a chat with Lisa Maria Watson from the the Norwegian SnowBoard Association and got the answers to these questions.

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The Norwegian SnowBoard Association´s mission is to show the world how important it is to have fun. The Norwegian SnowBoard Association (NSBF) is affiliated with both the Norwegian Confederation of Sports and the World Snowboarding Federation. NSBF´s purpose is to promote snowboarding in Norway at all levels. This includes representing snowboarding internationally and helping to develop positive communities where snowboarding is part of a versatile and comprehensive leisure activity for all ages and levels of ability.

Before UpWave, the NSBF relied on using spreadsheets such as excel. However this solution was too difficult for organizing and structuring work. Additionally, several attempts were made to integrate different project management tools, but these were perceived as too complex and unengaging for the team.

The NSBF chose UpWave as the best solution. “UpWave gives me a better overview of what my tasks are, what my team works on and their tasks. It helps us stay on track on what needs to be done and how to prioritize our work” says Lisa Mari Watson.

Easy Onboarding

The NSBF uses UpWave for internal planning of projects, organizing both long and short term events, and during weekly meetings to get an overview of the present week. Today 8-9 full time employee use UpWave and additional members join during the high season. One of the advantages that the NSBF has seen with UpWave is the easy onboarding. “When we add new members, no training has been required thus far”.

Increased Team engagement

The Norwegian SnowBoard Association can report that the team is getting more involved since starting to use UpWave. What is interesting to see is that on UpWave Boards with more members, there is a higher level of activity and engagement as well as efficiency in communication.

Better work flow

“We see that there is more flow in everything we do – we have seen a huge reduction in emails, facebook messages, and long sms threads –  thanks to the integrations such as Slack and Google Drive we now simply get more things done and we can keep everything in one place. UpWave helps keep us more organized and on track”.

Want to work like the NSBF? Sign up for a 30 day free trial today at www.upwave.io

 

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of UpWave´s new website

We are delighted to officially announce the launch of our newly designed website -upwave.io.!

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The past months, our team has been dedicated working on improvement of the content, structure and layout of our webpage. Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about UpWave and find it visually appealing.

We aim to continue the improvement by constantly updating with content and useful information, blogs, newsletters, company announcements and client success in the testimonial section.

We would like to thank everyone that has contributed in this process.

For any questions, suggestions or feedback feel free to contact us!

Sincerely, The UpWave Team