Guideline for UpWave on mobile

 

We know that a lot of our users access UpWave through their phones. So far, UpWave has yet to launch an application for mobile phones. However accessing UpWave through your mobile browser is easier than you might think.

Simpy just follow this simple guideline:

1 . In your browser go to UpWave.io.

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2. Click on sign in 

  • First you will be asked to enter your Team URL.
  • Then the next page that pops up is where you enter your email + password or you can sign in with Google.

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3. Once you have entered your log in information and hit sign in, a new page will pop up.Her you will have to select save password.

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4. Now that you are logged in, there is one final step remaining. And that is to add an icon for the displayed website on your home screen. It’s a visual bookmark – when you touche the icon, it will launch your browser and navigate directly to your Team page.

Tap by tap guide for iOS

  1. Select the Share button at the bottom center of the iPhone screen. The Share button is shaped like a square with an arrow coming out of the top.
  2. Select the item labeled “Add to Home Screen”.
  3. Another screen will appear where you can choose a name for the Home screen icon. Either keep the default name provided or type another name you prefer. When you are ready, tap the Add button in the top right corner to create the icon on the Home screen.
  4.  See the shortcut appear. You’ll return to the home screen, which is now showing a new icon, the icon can easily be moved around and placed wherever you want.

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Tap by tap guide for Android

  1. Hit the settings button – it’s three vertical dots, locating in the top right of the screen – from here press the star symbol.
  2. Pressing the star symbol will bring you into the bookmarks menu. From here you can edit the web page’s name and select which bookmarks folder you want to save it into.
  3. From here go back to the Browser settings menu, and then open the Bookmarks folder. From here locate your newly created bookmark and press and hold your finger on the bookmark you want to place on your home screen. Once you’ve done this you will see a new menu appear and in the list will be an option Add to Home screen. Press this option.
  4. The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you like

And you are all sett- works almost as an app.

Ps- We have improved UpWave for iOS devices. However, feel free to give us feedback so we can even improve more: https://www.upwave.io/contact

Sincerely, UpWave Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing our newest features

We have rolled out new features silently since August 17th. Many of these have been requested by our most active users. Thanks!

Some highlights:
– Subtasks – just enter subtasks on any card
– My assigned cards – see your overdue cards and upcoming workload
– Public api – https://www.upwave.io/api/ (for integrating other services)
– Set board background image (see screenshot)

Screenshot note: remember to use a neutral image to ensure good readability.

  • Copy card – Click “more options” (the dots) on any card, and copy card.
  • Import board – click “import board” lower left on main team page.
  • Export board – click the dots top right on any board (in team view)  or in the drop-down menu if inside a board.
  • Icons on cards displaying subtask progress and if the card has comments or not.
  • A “toast” that gives a confirmation on saving card/color/columns etc.
  • New board settings – makes navigation between administrating the board and actually working on the board much easier. All users may also see the settings but some users may not be able to edit the settings. The settings can in addition be opened from the dashboard. In the participant list on this panel, you can see when a participant last visited the board.
  • We added a new option to “Leave board”.

Thanks once again to our international and growing user community for providing feedback! Please continue keeping in touch.

The UpWave team

UpWave is growing

Last month a new member joined our team here at UpWave. We are happy to welcome Ane Skjerpe to UpWave.

Ane has a background in Marketing and Sales and she will help us grow our online presence, PR and communications.

Interested in finding out more about Ane? Then visit her LinkedIn Page – here.

UpWave Receives 2016 SaaS Awards From FinancesOnline

We are excited to announce that UpWave has been awarded with the 2016 Rising Star Award​ and the Great User Experience Certificate​ ​by FinancesOnline, a leading review platform for B2B, SaaS and Financial Solutions.

The Rising Star Award is given to new SaaS products that have just recently appeared on the market. Products that are getting good traction with the customers and viewed as giving high value. The second award, ­Great User Experience Certificate, ­is granted to products that offer especially good user experience.

In their UpWave reviews FinancesOnline’s review team writes that “UpWave is a moderately priced, advanced task manager for small and medium business which offers a variety of unique features for you to consider. Rather than being exclusively pipeline­ organized, UpWave strives to convert standard project management into an entertaining process, and does so with a modern interface, detailed tutorials, and a responsive and experienced support team.” Currently, UpWave is ranked as #8 in their best agile project management software category.

At UpWave we strive to deliver an easy to use Task Management tool for Teams keeping them informed, connected and happy. For the evaluation, visit the complete review page.

FinancesOnline.com is one of the most recognized and reliable online review platforms and the reviews are based on an independent and unbiased evaluation.

How to connect UpWave with Slack

UpWave is the easiest way to collaborate on projects with your team online. Sign up for a free trial at www.upwave.io today.

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Here at UpWave, we want to support your team wherever and however they work. Many of our teams use Slack for instant messaging in their worklife every day, and we do too. You can read more about it at www.slack.com .

We’re pleased to announce we’ve made it even easier to connect your UpWave projects with Slack and keep updated on activity within UpWave no matter where you are. Just a couple of clicks and you’re done. But, before we show you how to set it up, here’s 2 things to remember:

Ground Rules:

You’ll need to set up a new slack channel for each project. That way you can keep updates separate and easier to track. 

You need to be an admin of your UpWave account to set this up – Go to your Company Settings page to check.

How To:

1. In Slack, create the channel where you want your UpWave project updates to posted. In this example, our slack channel is called “upwavesprint6″

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2. In UpWave, go into the project you want to integrate with slack and hit the drop down menu. In this example, our project is called “Sprint 6″.

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2. Go to “Integrations” in the drop down menu

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3. Hit “add to slack”.

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4. You’ll be asked to authorize access to Slack, just make sure to connect to the channel you made in Step 1 and you’re good to go.

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5. You’re done! 

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Getting Started in UpWave

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UpWave is the easiest way to collaborate on projects with your team online. Sign up for a free trial at www.upwave.io today.

Running a team online and managing priorities can feel like an overwhelming task. We want UpWave to give you a feeling of control and to simplify your work day, using some very clear principles.

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2 Simple Rules

The UpWave approach to organizing your work is based on something called “Kanban”, which has 2 very simple rules:

  • Visualise your work
  • Limit your Work In Progress (WIP)

Over time, your understanding of how to get the best from UpWave will evolve and you can customise each project to your needs, but these two rules are the most important to remember.

Of course, you can be as creative as you like with UpWave, but here we’ll just cover the basics.

Navigating UpWave

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This is your team homepage, where everyone in your team can see your open projects. Remember, UpWave is designed for team collaboration and works best when you are not on your own. You can invite new team members by clicking the “invite new members” link on the left of the screen.

Step 1: Creating your first board.

We recommend starting with whatever project is your biggest priority or whatever it is that makes you feel most stressed (if you want to create a private project, just check the box and only you and those team members you invite will be able to see it).

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You can name your board whatever you like, we recommend something that’s related to the end goal and easy to understand for the team. Articulating the purpose of the board can be enormously helpful for everyone on the team. 

This is how your board page will look at first. A clean slate, ready for all those thoughts you have bouncing around.

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“To Do”: Visualising your work

First, take some time to consider everything that needs to be done to complete your board. Hit the “+ Add card” in the “To Do” column and enter all the individual tasks or ideas. Work with your team to decide when these tasks need to be delivered and who is responsible for them. Use the taskbar at the bottom of each card to set due dates and assign them to one or more team members.

“In Progress”: Limit your WIP

Multi-tasking is overrated! Research by the American Psychological Association shows that switching between tasks can slow a person’s productivity by up to 40%. Try to limit yourself and your team members to maximum 2 tasks each at a time. This is where prioritisation is key. To help, we have a very simple colour coding – red for high priority and green for low priority. Try colour coding your cards, you might be surprised by how much it helps. These colours are fully customisable and you can be as creative as you want with them, give it a try and see what works for you.

“Completed”

Seeing your completed cards stack up is motivating. In UpWave we encourage to celebrate each other’s successes so don’t forget to “High Five” each other for cards completed.

That should be enough to get you going. Good luck!

Dan and the team @ UpWave – support@upwave.io

P.S. Are you using UpWave differently? Great! We’d love to hear how you’re using it, send us a mail and let us know – maybe you could even inspire other teams to achieve more.

How to choose your language in UpWave

Many of you have been asking and we are pleased to announce that UpWave is now available in Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, French, German and Russian!

Here’s how you do it:

1. Go to your user profile by clicking on your user avatar in the top right (usually a picture of your face) and selecting “profile”:

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2. Click on “Settings”

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3. Go to the “Account” tab

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4.  Choose your preferred language and hit “update”

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It’s as easy as that! What other languages would you like to see?

Have a great day,

Dan @ UpWave.io

How to connect your Calendar to UpWave

UpWave is the easiest way to collaborate on projects with your team online. Sign up for a free trial at www.upwave.io today.

It’s simple to integrate due dates into your calendar, whether you’re using iCalendar, Outlook or Google Calendar. Our easy to use calendar feed will create an all day event in the calendar for every due date in a project. 

There are two important things to note before we start:

Ground Rules:

Calendar integration has to be enabled by an Account Owner/Admin first. To see who has that role in your UpWave account, click your team icon at the top left of your screen and go to “Team Settings” then “Members”.

You need to enable each project to integrate with your calendar individually.

Let’s get going :)

Step 1.

Go to the project you want to connect. Click the project name in the top left to bring up the menu you see below and click “Calendar integration”. Here, admins will be able to easily enable and disable this feature for the rest of the team.

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Step 2.

Copy the url

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Step 3.

Now we’re going to add this url to your favourite calendar software :)

For Google:

Go to your Google calendar and on the left of the screen you will see “Other calendars”. Click the arrow just to the right and “Add by url”. Paste in the url you copied in step 2, click “Add calendar” and you’re done!

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For Outlook:

Go to your calendar in outlook.com. Click Import, then click Subscribe. In the Calendar URL Box, paste the url from Step 2. Give the calendar a name you’ll remember and choose yourself a nice colour, because why not? Now, click on “Subscribe” and you’re done!

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For iCal:

Go to File > New Calendar Subscription.

Paste the url from Step 2 into the field that pops up. Click “Subscribe”, and you’ll see some preferences to choose from like how your to-do’s with due dates will now show up in your iCal. iCal will auto-refresh the sync depending on your settings, up to every 5 minutes.

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And that’s it! Enjoy your new calendar feed!

As ever, if you have any questions, get in touch with us at support@upwave.io . We are always happy to help :)

Have a great day!

Standard Accounts with premium features – Coming soon to Someone.io

Loads of positive things have been happening for Someone.io in the last months and we’d like to thank you for the support that has allowed us to grow and keep improving. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce a big change for Someone.io in the form of upgraded, paid accounts, which will be launching in early December.

The Free Version will remain

For those of you who want to continue to use the Free Version of Someone.io, you’ll still be able to enjoy all the functionality you have now and we’ll keep working hard to improve your Someone.io experience. Once we’ve made the paid version available in December, existing Free Version users will then be allowed 3 additional new projects free of charge. As valued Someone.io early adopters, you’ll be able to keep all your existing projects for free.

New features for the paid, Standard Version

For subscribers to the upgraded version of Someone.io, which we are calling the “Standard Version”, your team will have an unlimited number of projects and access to some new features at launch that we know many of you have been looking forward to. These will include calendar integration, weekly team summaries, archive function for projects, .csv export and priority support as well as a host of other features launching in early 2016. You can read more on our Pricing Page here.

We will share more information on this soon, but for now we’d just like to thank all our users again for their support and say that here at HQ we are all looking forward to sharing an even better version of Someone.io with you.

Have a great week!

Dan and the team @ Someone.io

Someone.io’s Equity Crowdfunding campaign closes at 107% !!

Thanks to investors from around the world, we closed our funding drive successfully on Monday night after a 2 month campaign. 

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The team had a long debrief session on Tuesday and we thought we’d share some of our findings. We feel that as a business we are in a much stronger position after this campaign, not only because of the security that the funding gives us, but also what the process of the campaign has allowed us to discover about our product, our users and ourselves as a team. You can check out the campaign itself here https://www.fundedbyme.com/en/campaign/6070/someone/

So How Did The Campaign Go?

A third of the total was reached in the first 3 weeks, with much of this steady stream of investment coming from existing shareholders and arranged before the launch of the campaign. After that, we hit a long plateau of 5 weeks with very little action as the deadline moved ever closer. There’s a Norwegian expression “å ha is i magen”, which translates as “to stay cool under pressure”, something that’s easy to talk about in theory, but in practice can be very challenging. Trying to stay calm when there are no guarantees that you will make your funding total and continue to have a job is not an easy thing. The team had to make some sacrifices but we stuck together and kept our focus. This was made easier because, although it was too early to talk to anyone else about it, we could see that our user metrics were improving by the day and we were showing signs of growth.

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During those 5 weeks of next to no investment, we tried many different things to get the attention of investors, targeting them wherever we could find them, both online and in the real world. We entered several pitching competitions here in Norway, we flew to Sweden to pitch at Nasdaq and the fundedbyme offices, we bought ad space on all the social media channels and had one on one meetings with potential investors. Throughout this intensive time, we were listening to investors to improve the pitch and listening to users to improve the product. At the start of the campaign we found we kept getting the same questions, so we worked out convincing answers and embedded them into the pitch. Eventually, we weren’t getting too many challenging questions but we knew we needed to do more. We needed some good news. 

The Turnaround 

Things started to turn around for us in the beginning of October, when we hit the top of the Hacker News homepage. You can read more about the impact of that on our blog here, but it gave us something to brag about and allowed us to build momentum as we entered the final 4 weeks. Next was a series of pitches at Norwegian Investment Forum, where we attracted the attention of some international investors, and we began to see some small investments taking us closer to 50%. 

Why was over 50% of the money invested in the final week?

All of this positive momentum was great but we needed something else to help us reach a tipping point. We knew that investors were responding well to our KPI metrics for September vs August and so we decided to combine September and October and present them as our “KPIs Since Campaign Launch” in this press release. The next day saw the largest amount of investing of the entire campaign.

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The truth is, talk of market opportunity, financial forecasts and growth potential, while important, are only opinion. A best guess. Any smart investor wlll be interested in facts. I think that’s why investors responded so well to the press release of last Tuesday. Once we could prove that we were seeing huge growth in all the key areas of our business right now, we made it a whole lot easier to commit to the rest of the plan. 

We also released our first “Social” feature, High Five, in the final week. This is the first in a series of features that will help make team members feel more interconnected through using Someone.io. One of the big questions we had from investors was “what makes you different from competitors” and this was an important part of our answer. To show potential investors that we were already moving forward on that part of our strategy was also very helpful.

Why did investors wait?

However confident an investor feels in the product, team and plan, nobody wants to be taking all the risk, especially in a process literally called “crowd” funding. Building momentum was crucial to us reaching a tipping point. Even in the final hours we were getting mails from people desperate for the chance to join which just goes to show how powerful social proof is as a psychological driver. 

We made incremental improvements to the pitch and to the product throughout the campaign but sometimes that’s hard to see. To have two clear updates in the final week that directly addressed investor’s concerns in terms of growth and differentiation in the market was what created a snowball effect in the final days

Finally, many thanks to everyone who helped!

On behalf of the team I’d like to say a big thank you to not only our investors but also everyone who has show support for us during the campaign on social media, in the startup world and in the Nordic investment community. Our board was also an invaluable resource for us in the more difficult moments and we are delighted for everyone involved that the campaign has reached a succesful conclusion.

Onwards and upwards!

Dan and the team @ Someone.io