So as a “dencentralised network of individuals” its been a challenge to both visualise/share and practically manage our Strategy and Workplan. We did intially as a slide deck. Which we’ve not kept updated. Working Groups are all doing it differently, some using spreadsheets, Trello Boards, a range of documents with stuff in or just actions in agendas…
So my question is, what do your worker co-ops use? How do you create a shared, editable space to visualise and organise your projects, activites, progress and future plans? Help!
Hey @AthertonJohn, love the idea of making the strategy and workplan more visual! At WAO we use Whimsical for creating visual plans to use internally and with clients.
But I think you’ve hit the nail on the head when you talk about keeping things up-to-date
Have you got an example of how to set in out? I had a play with Figma which I think is similar didn’t get further than throwing in some projects and our working groups.
I think you can use Figma for that, but it’s more for wireframes, etc.?
Either way, I guess you need to come up with templates or use existing ones such as those here: Tools and approaches - Learn with We Are Open Co-op
I also find The Decision Book handy. There’s several elements to this, though, right?
- Deciding what to work on
- Giving status updates on how the work is going
- Reporting back once the work has finished
I don’t necessarily think that these three would be done via the same platform.
We’ve got an enormous spreadsheet (think it fits on 3 sides of a3 when printed) that I’m trying to make into something more manageable, so I’m very interested to see others’ suggestions.
My only suggestion would be don’t use a spreadsheet!
We quite often use Miro boards at Co-op Culture when we are at the planning or design stage of projects. Frequently starting with a mind map which we can then add things to. It is the digital equivalent of being in a room together with a whiteboard/flipchart and post its. Some projects then go onto shared documents, shared spreadsheets (for budgets) and/or into shared calendar if we have delivery dates nailed.