A few small updates
I’ve just pushed live a few updates to Checkmarkable - Most notably printing support for worksheets and updated language to reflect that Checkmarkable has once again become a Best Practical project.
To make a long story short, Prime Radiant ceased to exist as of December 31, 2012. Once it became clear that Prime Radiant wasn’t going to be raising VC, it no longer made sense to maintain a separate corporation just to manage Checkmarkable. The change in corporate ownership isn’t likely to directly affect users, but it sure makes my taxes less complex.
Today marks a fairly big change for Checkmarkable - Selena, Luke and Colin are moving onward to their next adventures. They’ve been fantastic to work with and have had a huge hand in shaping Checkmarkable over the past nine months. I’ve really enjoyed getting to work with each of them and will miss them all an awful lot.
In July, Selena’s starting in a new role as the Consulting Director of Development for the Ada Initiative. (If you aren’t yet familiar with the Ada Initiative, you should be—they’re an awesome nonprofit doing really important work to support women in open technology and culture.)
As long as I can remember, Luke has been passionate about social collaboration and civic activism. Over the past year, his social civic engagement project recollect.net has been picking up steam and he’ll be putting it center stage starting next month.
I’m sad to lose such wonderful co-conspirators, but there’s no question in my mind that all three of them are going to continue to do fantastic things.
Back on the homefront, Checkmarkable is continuing to grow and evolve. In the coming weeks, you should see a fair amount of new stuff hitting the app and the first hints of a gorgeous redesign.
Things will be a bit different around here without Selena, Luke and Colin, but I’m pretty excited about everything that’s coming.
Small changes across the site
This week, you should see a number of small changes around Checkmarkable, mostly related to making it a bit easier to share checklists and to use shared checklists. (We’re also doing what we can to cut down on the number of annoying full-screen dialogs that have been plaguing the site over the past few months.)
Search now working for all Public checklists
Logged in users can now search checklists that Checkmarkable users have made public!
Investing in your happiness with 9 simple steps
Adding new members to Teams
Checkmarkable’s sharing system is centered around Teams. Once you’ve created a Checklist, if you’d like to add more people to your team:
* Navigate to your Team dashboard,
* Go to the Administration menu in the team,
* Add members with a personalized message.
The Happiness Formula
Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic, proposed a fantasy book idea he called the Happiness Formula.
He defines a high-level formula for “troubleshooting your life:”
Can you write checklists that will really change your life?
Featured in Forbes as the Cool Site of the Day!
We were featured in Forbes! We were delighted to have so many new users and are working hard on some exciting new features.
Meantime, be sure to check out the Sharing — both embedded checklists (like in your blog!) and view-only links are provided with all Personal Checklists. I wrote this blog post about registering a foreign corporation in Virginia to show off one way of sharing your checklists.
How to write a checklist that will actually change your life
Every time I turn around someone’s published a new post on the “10 Simple Steps to Living a Better Life.” Many of those lists are intriguing; few offer concrete steps to making your work or personal life better.
You guys are l33t!
This afternoon, Jesse was chatting with @swardley about what we’re up to with Checkmarkable. Imagine our surprise when Reuven Cohen picked up Simon’s tweet and wrote up a very nice bit about Checkmarkable for forbes.com.
A huge number of folks signed up in the first hour. And at some point, the afternoon’s “Visited site” metric ticked up to a number that made us all smile - 1,337.
We’re excited to have you join us, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you and sharing our love for process.
Don’t forget to drop us a line — We’d love to hear about what you’re using Checkmarkable for and how we can make the service even more useful to you!
Can you help disruptive members of your team be more collaborative?
Doubled! Daily digests now available
We’ve doubled our users in the last two weeks! Thanks for spreading the word.
Collaboration by difference
Checkmarkable is collaborative by design. We believe that the best checklists are created by teams. Coworkers keep process up to date by creating and using their checklists together.
Cathy Davidson is a professor of interdisciplinary studies at Duke University, and author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. She studies collaboration and how we learn from each other.
Signups are open — and helping you solve problems with just one question
Sign up is easier and open
Last week, we opened sign ups to the world! If you’ve been waiting to show Checkmarkable to a coworker or friend, now is the time to invite them.
The 5 Whys
Here at Checkmarkable, we are developers and engineers. We honed our problem solving strategy with experience in technology and software. But our methods can be applied to human resources, business development and especially to startups. For example, diagnosing the “root cause” of a problem is important work in any company.
Software environments contain many different, connected systems. Finding out exactly why a failure occured can be a daunting task. One way to get to the bottom of a complex problem is to use the 5 Whys.
No, really — Human resources is like QA for your process management.
Big news from Checkmarkable
We’re excited to announce that we’ve opened up signups to Checkmarkable! Creating new accounts now happens immediately.
We’re also working on daily update messages. Want to receive a daily email showing you and your team’s recent activity? Just go to your Profile, click to enable Daily Update and Save Changes.
Will your company succeed?
I frequently write about management in these newsletters because process management is the heart of Checkmarkable. The quality of process management, particularly as a company grows from tiny to mid-size to large, often determines success.
If you haven’t followed Ben Horowitz’s blog, I’m happy to introduce him today. He’s a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He founded LoudCloud (eventually acquired by HP), and was VP and General Manager of Netscape.