Teams can’t expect you to see into the future — a pre-mortem meeting can help you plan around risks and address these issues, keeping your project on track. But most product managers don’t use them, even though pre-mortems might save their launches.
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On the journey to starting a company, there are many pitfalls that can get in the way of your success. Here are three problems most startups face — and how a knowledge base helps combat them (with examples from fast-growing companies).
You’re probably very familiar with sprint retrospectives. However, retros aren't always documented. When retrospectives are documented instead of just discussed, then the team has a focal point for the next sprint and can take those learnings forward.
Teams often try to apply in-person collaboration techniques to remote work. But distributed teams face their own challenges — here are some solutions to keep teams connected.
A project charter spells out the goals, deliverables, budget, timeline, and people involved in a project. It serves as a starting point to get the team aligned.
Whether you’re a manager meeting with a direct report, two project team members, or a CEO meeting with a potential investor, one-on-one meetings will bolster the confidence and trust you need to keep your startup running smoothly.
With a meeting agenda template, you and your team can stop wasting valuable time. The best template will give guidelines for what needs to be recorded but leaves space for lightbulbs that may pop up in the moment.
Internal documentation might not sound like the most exciting project, but when done strategically, it will speed up your team’s collaboration, onboarding, training, and overall communication.
Standard operating procedures (SOPs) don’t have to be painful to maintain or systematize. Having an SOP template in place will set your startup up for success. With an SOP template to start with, standard guidelines, and rigorous taxonomy, SOPs can become the resource they’re intended to be instead of a pain.
Understanding the three knowledge types and how to categorize them, apply them, and use them is called metaknowledge. Leveraging metaknowledge can help your company improve productivity and reduce the likelihood of knowledge getting lost when employees move in and out of roles.
Organizational learning takes one person’s or one team’s learnings and codifies them for the rest of the team to benefit from. When this centralized knowledge is accessible by everyone, it helps the whole team level up.
Many existing teamwork models are based on teams that interact in person at least some of the time. And that’s what messes with efforts to work well remotely — we’re taking in-person strategies and bringing them into the virtual world.
A startup’s job is to grow, which it can’t do successfully without a codified and simple-to-use process documentation system.
Browser distractions can have a ripple effect on company-wide productivity. The right Chrome extensions can help you and your team curb the most distracting parts of the web. We’ve pulled together a list of the best Chrome extensions for productivity to keep your team focused.
Working to catalog and preserve institutional knowledge to make it easily available for your team takes a little time and effort. But by taking it on, you can save money, improve collaboration, and get an edge on the competition.
By formalizing your startup’s knowledge-sharing process, you can better ensure teammates are aware of all the information regarding company ideals and operations.
Physical lists, PDF format lists, and spreadsheets are clunky and time-consuming. These methods are also most of the rigidly one dimensional to-do list templates you’ll find on the web. We explain why they’re lacking and show you how you can create tasks list templates for your team that can help you get more done.
Gain a competitive advantage over other startups by baking in this element of knowledge-sharing as early as you can in the startup lifecycle. The long-term health and success of the startup depend on it.
To stay adaptive while allowing for sustainable growth, startups must internalize the importance of knowledge transfer and incorporate it into your day-to-day.
Done right, an employee onboarding system is scalable to allow for team growth and shares continued learning opportunities to support employees — all to achieve the overall goal of reducing employee turnover.
Collaboration needs to be concrete and focused from the get-go, both of which are often missing from a startup’s collaboration strategy. Here’s how you can nail them down.
A single source of truth gives startups a single place to plan project and organize all their most vital information.
Cross functional collaboration is essential for teams of 10 or teams of 100. Here’s how you can create a framework to enable it at your startup.
Knowledge management systems unite all your company knowledge in one place. Here’s how to build one that’s easy to navigate for your team.
Your onboarding process should extend way past the new hire’s first day. Here’s how you can develop custom employee onboarding to meet your company’s needs.
A great creative brief encompasses everything from background information to deliverables. Here’s a template that can be used for any type of project.
A consistent decision-making process leads to effective decisions. Here are four frameworks to use depending on your situation.
Key differences between Kanban and Scrum may dictate which fits your team. But you can also build a hybrid model that pulls the best from each approach.
Attendees, action items, follow-ups, and more — effective meeting notes need to cover the spectrum. Use this template that accounts for it all.