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Blimp 2 Open Design Project: Next steps

Blimp 2 Open Design Project: Next steps

For the past few weeks we’ve been sharing our thoughts on team collaboration software. The idea was to be as open as possible about how we are designing the next version and Blimp and in the process get your feedback and ideas so we can make the end product better.

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Blimp needs more bandwidth

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This is the sixth post on our Open Design Project series. You should subscribe to the project’s newsletter to get notified when a new post is published. Let’s get right into it.

TL;DR
Instant messaging is part of our day to day work communications. The problem is that with current solutions most of those messages are lost. If we had an instant messaging system that integrates transparently with a team collaboration and task tracking system we could transform instant messages into actionable and trackable things, in other words tasks. Blimp 2 will do just that. We’ll have a chat room system that will integrate deeply into all other aspects of our team collaboration and task tracking capabilities.

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Conversations should be task centric

Conversations should be task centric

This is our fifth post on our open design project series. Remember that you can subscribe to the project’s email newsletter to get notified when new posts are published. Let’s begin.

TL;DR
Free form messages are bad for project communication because they allow lazy people to just throw everything into a huge message that everyone has to read in order to find a sentence or two that they actually care about. Team communication around projects should be task centric. Every conversation should happen around specific tasks that need to be completed. On Blimp 2 we are going to remove the discussions feature and we are going to add a notes field to all tasks. The notes field will allow the use of Markdown to provide formatting.

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