Cardsmith

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The Only Brainstorming Tool Facilitators Really Need

What distinguishes a creative, productive, and fun brainstorming session from a waste of time and energy? There are plenty of articles online that tackle the issue by offering endless advice—“ask the right questions,” “set constructive boundaries”—or enumerating a long list of apps. Okay, guilty as charged; even we’ve written one…

Does this Board Spark Joy?

Who could have predicted that one of Japan’s most sought-after decluttering experts would be so popular here, now, in the United States? Yet there’s no denying the sensation that is Marie Kondo and her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In hindsight, Ms. Kondo’s approach to work and…

Getting Rid of Blank Board Intimidation

I recently read Design The Beginning, an article by Julie Zhou, product design director of Facebook. She writes about how we as product creators are so enthusiastic about what our product offers, that we neglect a very important part of it. When we daydream about a user using our product,…

The Consultant’s Dilemma

If you work as an independent consultant, you understand the challenge of playing two roles at once: consultant and salesperson. It’s a uniquely frustrating cycle. First, you submerge yourself in nonstop selling and networking activity. You keep at it because you know major projects take time to land and, when…

Turning Brainstorming Into Action: A Practical Guide in 9 Steps

We’ve all been there. You conduct a lively group brainstorming session, during which your team members contribute a bunch of interesting, creative solutions or ideas… but nothing actually comes of it. Instead, the results merely stagnate on a photo you took of the whiteboard with your phone, or on a…

Using Mentions to Collaborate Better in Cardsmith

Introducing the Cardsmith Changeblog Hi, Sarah Joy from the Cardsmith development team here. You might recognize my name from the in-app messages you receive when we deploy new features and bug fixes. While those messages are useful to give you quick overviews of what’s new, we thought that, from time…

Why We (Still) Love Sticky Notes

Can we all take a second and appreciate that our current reality looks a lot like the future we predicted ever so long ago? A moment in time with actual hoverboards, self-aware robots, and a new (good) Star Wars movie? Yep, the future is now. So why, on a daily…

TenX Accelerator Program – Milestones for Startups

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed using the concept of project milestones in unpredictable creative project like starting a business. This post is a quick follow-up and shout-out to our mentors at TenX in Portland, who have cleverly built a whole program that helps startup companies grow from a…

How Project Management is Like a Grocery List

Do you use a list when you shop for groceries? If so, you’re a project manager. There’s a reason countless productivity, task, and to-do applications highlight grocery lists among their use cases. As simplistic as it may seem, shopping for food has all the hallmarks of project management. We all…