Idea Surges

By Cyrus on December 2, 2014

A couple of months back, everyone on the Flow team got together in the same room for the first time in our history. While we’re normally happy to distribute our team, we wanted everyone to get together and talk about the future of Flow. Needless to say, it was a big discussion that resulted in plenty of big ideas.

We highjacked some other team’s conference room.

The most glaring challenge was carrying that momentum forward. We were quick to get the ideas on paper - ahem, in Flow - and spent the next couple months up ‘til now shipping features...

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Back in Blue

By Jake on November 26, 2014

Flow got a new look today: a bright blue header across the top of the app, which is now home to Notifications, Search, the New Task button, and the Help menu.

Flow’s new blue header

The new placement of these actions better reflects their rank above the context of a single workspace—Search, Notifications, and the New Task Form help you to work across all the workspaces you’re a part of.

This new header also lays the foundation of some changes to come. We’re not ready to talk too many details yet, but we’re very...

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Time Tracking with Harvest

By Mark on November 25, 2014

Harvest logo

Lately, lots of you have been asking whether or not we plan to add time tracking to Flow. It’s an excellent idea, since many people already use Flow to manage client work.

Here’s the thing: someone else is already doing time tracking unbelievably well, and their service is tailor-made to integrate beautifully into other apps (not to mention that they also offer invoicing, advanced reporting, and plenty more).

That’s why we’re proud to announce that Flow now integrates with Harvest, the best...

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Mention and Attach in Android Comments

By Derek on November 21, 2014

Leaving a quick comment helps you communicate with your team. Getting specific by mentioning someone or attaching an image helps you get your point across. We’re pleased to announce that you can now do both while on the go with Flow™ in the Flow Android app.

Cleaner Comments

We’ve built a new comment form! It’s cleaner, easier to use, and more functional than before. When you open it, the blue Action Bar disappears and the form controls expand so that you can focus on your writing, with less...

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Flow Radio #6: Secret Identities

By Jeremy on November 20, 2014

You asked, and we delivered: this episode is packed to the gills with super boring video games and inside stories of life at Microsoft.

But seriously: Sean joins us today to talk about his past life at Microsoft, and his transformation into a Mac-using, project-managing Head of Ops at MetaLab. Also, Jeremy reveals how he and his friends have raised almost two million dollars for sick kids by driving a virtual bus.

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Smart Links

By Cyrus on November 17, 2014

When discussing a task, sometimes it helps to make a reference. You might want to mention a task you’re waiting on, a project that’s in the works, a change that’s being made, or a relevant discussion.

You can do this in a Flow comment by pasting in the URL of what you’re referencing.

What you might not know is that for certain types of links, we’ll clean up that messy http-colon-slash-slash business, and turn it into something readable.

  • Flow tasks get renamed as their title. This also...
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Why We Encourage Remote Work

By Cyrus on November 13, 2014

We had to listen to our own observation:

35% less work gets done on Friday than on Monday.

We had seen it while digging through the aggregated productivity data for all the teams that use Flow. It’s standard for teams to get less done on Friday.

But is there anything we can do about it?

We wanted to try answering this, so we thought about how we might shake up Fridays. Laying down rules, targets, or structure were off the table–that’s just not how we work. Instead, we wanted to try something...

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Flow Radio #5: Name Game

By Jeremy on November 7, 2014

This week, Cyrus joins us to chat about marketing—but not before revealing that we’ve been mispronouncing his name for months. Also: we discuss what we’ve been watching to curb our seasonal affective disorder, and how the Canadian media does things right.

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Got a question for us? Want to hear our thoughts on something? Leave a comment below and we might talk about it in a future episode.

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A Smarter Autocomplete

By Rose on November 5, 2014

As of right now, assigning and mentioning in Flow is a whole lot smoother and easier.

A Smarter Autocomplete

There are lots of people out there named Michael, Jane, and John, and soon, they will be replaced by fleets of Jonahs, Olivias, and Kourtneys. The names will change, but the problem will remain: lots of people with the same name, leaving you with lots of irrelevant autocomplete results when you’re assigning tasks.

Now the people to whom you most frequently assign tasks will trump everyone and appear at the...

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Bench: How We Stay Productive as a Team

By Cyrus on October 29, 2014

Two members of the Bench team

From time-to-time, we catch up with our friends over at Bench to talk about what’s going on with our teams. We share what’s been working, what we’ve learned–anything that could help each other out. Today, they’ll share some of these productivity tips with you. This is a guest post by Cameron at Bench.

When your business suddenly enters a period of rapid growth, how do you maintain a high level of productivity across all teams?

This is a challenge we’ve been addressing at Bench. As a scaleable...

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