When I started 14falcons to develop Teamput, I could not have predicted how much the experience would feel like a roller coaster ride with periods of intense joy and controlled terror along the way.
My vision since the beginning has been to create a cloud-based web app that really feels like face-to-face sticky-note brainstorming. I want teleconference participants to feel like they are creating a collection of sticky notes on a table and then posting them on a shared wall in a meeting room. There are some web-enabled sticky-note applications out there, but they just have a shared wall without the table. The table matters. It's what makes Teamput live up to its vision.
Here's what you can do with Teamput.
- Create notes and checklists and upload images on private and shared canvases.
- Invite others to share any number of your canvases.
- Place two canvases (private or shared) side by side. With two shared canvases you can have a few people collaborating separately and sharing with the larger team.
- Move individual items, or groups, from canvas to canvas.
- Duplicate items (handy if you have a canvas with standard checklists and images).
- Save a shared canvas as a private canvas so you can keep working independently.
Building each of these capabilities involved multiple forks in the road. How should it work? What should it look like? Is it intuitive? Will this feature break something else that we've already created? We did break some things along the way. Certainty often turned to doubt. Some decisions were reversed and then flipped back again, but we never considered quitting. We were driven by our simple vision that served as our compass — to create a cloud-based web app that really feels like face-to-face sticky-note brainstorming.
We're still working on a few things to make sure Teamput is as good-looking as it is easy to use. Then we'll create video tutorials on how to use Teamput to generate useful ideas to address a range of different challenges and opportunities. As an educator, this is one of the most exciting tasks in front of me!
I'll let you know when it's ready. We're getting really close.