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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 …

Walk Into 2016 Like You Own the Place

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” –Brad Paisley

I love New Year’s. What I don’t love, however, are the loud, crowded bars, clubs, and restaurants where I’m getting gouged on food and drinks. Nor do I love the fact that, if …

Project Milestones for Creative Endeavors (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, I explored the idea of milestones for project management, as well as what I called “creative endeavors”: projects that need to be planned and tracked, but perhaps aren’t as concrete or knowable as projects that we’ve done before.

A startup is one of …

Agile Milestones for Creative Endeavors (Part 1)

At Cardsmith, we spend a lot of time thinking about project management. I’m not just referring to making project management faster, more responsive, and more rewarding. We also reflect on what it means to “manage” a project and, beyond that, how we define and categorize projects themselves.

One type of …

5 Holiday Planning Ideas

Cardsmith is great for visual collaboration at work, but it can also be a fun and useful tool for staying sane during the Holidays.

Here are 5 Holiday board ideas from our team and customers:

1. Remember all you have to be grateful for. Terra Soma sent in this idea…