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Sunsama

If Trello & Google Calendar had a baby.

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Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
Howdy Hunters! We started Sunsama because we noticed how easy it is to feel like you’re spending a lot of time at work but not getting much done. It’s hard to have productive days with all the distractions. It’s exhausting to feel like there’s so much more work to do than there is time to do it. And it only gets harder when you’ve got to coordinate with your teammates. This isn’t how work should be. When we first started, we focused on meetings, and how to make them a more productive use of everyone’s time. As we’ve grown we’ve been able to expand our focus. We’ve been building a product that helps you answer the question, “What should we work on today that’s the best use of our time?” and then guides you through your work for the entire day. We’re proud to announce this product is now ready for the world. We call it the “Daily Kanban”. If your calendar and Trello had a baby, this would be its love child. The Daily Kanban is a new take on task management that's built around your daily workflow. Here’s a quick rundown of how it works: You create tasks you want to work on today. As you work, you check off your tasks, moving them out of your way. Tasks that are completed stay locked to the day they were completed on, giving you a record of what work was done that day. Tasks that aren’t completed automatically roll over to the next day. When you walk into the office the next morning you’ve got a list of stuff to start cranking on right away. If there’s something you don’t want to work on now, you can bump the task back to a future date. You can organize your Kanban by person (to see what everyone is doing each day) or by channel (to see what’s going on in a particular project). You can link your channels in Sunsama to your channels in Slack to share your work with your team. And of course, the Daily Kanban fits into the broader Sunsama Calendar Platform, which means you can take advantage of other features like: - Scheduling events and sharing calendars - Planning and documenting meetings - Slack and Github calendar integrations We’ve been at our most productive since adopting the Daily Kanban internally - we hope you’ll give it a try for yourself, and let us know what you think!
Luka
@thepriyadarshy 🙌
Luka
@thepriyadarshy hey I really love this but when I try to sign up I get an error that the Auth doesn’t work via Google 😞. I’m using an iPhoneX and safari. Happy to send you a screenshot via email
Travis Meyer
Maker
@thepriyadarshy @prokotasic hm, are you by chance trying with safari in a private window? shoot us an email at support@sunsama.com and we'll get you sorted out!
Raphaël Chabaud
@thepriyadarshy awesome. Very few apps have this approach of "daily kanban", the only one I know is teuxdeux, which development has stopped. If you can refine the experience (less bulky tasks, more information displayed on the screen, multiple backlogs per project). I could include the platform in my tools (asana, google calendar...). But daily kanban is the deal, don't really care about the calendar personnaly has I don't have many meetings. The team feature is more for my manager as I don't really need to have visibility on what my colleagues are doing.
Alexander Kaplan
@thepriyadarshy one thing we talked about already is viewer permission levels. Admin's see everyone tasks, team leaders see each other's and regular members and members only see their own and any "public" tasks for instance. Otherwise you have to remember to mark tasks private, but then other team leaders can't see them, at the same time you don't want the secretary viewing everyones tasks in the co... Otherwise a really intriguing tool!
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@imanujaku hey alexander. just wanted to clarify on task privacy. admins CAN NOT see other people's private tasks. only you can see your own private tasks. are you suggesting that admins should be able to see any/all tasks regardless of privacy?
Alexander Kaplan
@thepriyadarshy yep, admin's should see everyone's tasks regardless. But same level people shouldn't if they are marked private. Also lower levels shouldn't see admin tasks unless they are marked "public"
Dragan Babić
This looks like a really cool tool that adds a bit of structure to a free-form app such as Trello (which we currently use). The app itself is still too underdeveloped to be useful in a real-life setting — at least for our team — e.g. no attachments which is a real deal breaker for us, but it shows promise. PS Please at least choose better wording with your calendar management feature, as I just accidentally deleted a very important Google Calendar because I thought I am only deleting it from your app, and not the actual Google Calendar! In fact, why would you allow me to manage my Google Calendar from your app in the first place?
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@draganbabic Hey Dragan! Thanks for the feedback, adding attachments is something we'd like to do. Besides attachments, are there other items that you feel are deal breakers in using this in your team's setting? We'll definitely take that under advisement. We built Sunsama with the idea that you could go the whole day without opening up Google Calendar, that's why we allow you to manage Google Calendar from there.
Ajokee
@draganbabic @thepriyadarshy Hi the ability to create checklists within each card is something that I think is important as well. Was just going to switch , then I realised that I can't move my repeatable checklists around like trello. Thank you.
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@draganbabic hi dragan just wanted to follow up to let you know we've added file attachments to tasks. thanks for the suggestion!
Nelly Kam
I was a fan of Sunsama's UI/UX for a very long time. I thought they are new Sunrise app. I really enjoyed making meetings and tasks there, making teams. I liked to close/open panels of list of calendars and event. There were no any ridiculous popups and there was everything I need for running meetings and be on top of my notes. Actually, I was very inspired by that layout and I as showing it to my clients and co-workers as a best example. Also, there was no need in app, because of mobile version (incredible). Previously I thought that Sunsama needs to make font darker — this was only issue I had. Hug your designer 😘 Now, unfortunately, I see more problems: didnt find how to hide panels, meeting in a popup, modes (Tasks&Calendars, Tasks, ect) that I need to switch (why??). Previously everything was in one place, now it feels like Jira. I am glad you are on PH, wish you millions of users and happy Pi day 💫
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@nel_kamai Hey Nelly! Thanks for the kind words and the critical feedback about some of the new product pieces. You are right there are two new options, previously in Sunsama you could either show the tasks, the calendar, or the calendar with the tasks next to them. We've added the options to see the view configured with calendar, tasks, or tasks to the left of a calendar or calendar to the left of tasks. The good news is once you pick a view you like, you can leave it that way and won't need to keep toggling it :)
Paul-Henri Brunet
Great idea but what is different from Asana / kanban view + calendar ?
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@phb Hey Paul-Henri! The biggest difference is that Sunsama's "Daily Kanban" isn't a pure Kanban where columns are user defined categories/columns. Instead, columns in the Sunsama Daily Kanban are days on the calendar. This lets you set aside work you want to do on a given day, record your progress on a single day, and always know what's on your plate.
Mike Acler
Hello Ashutosh, congrats on the launch! Q: Does it make sense to use Sunsama without the team for getting things done? I use Trello for managing my weekly tasks and Sunsama looks way better for this - mostly because it's connected to calendar / dates...
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@agilek Hey Mike! You certainly can use Sunsama without a team (and a lot of people do). There's nothing you stopping you from setting up channels just for yourself and organizing your tasks that way.
Jijo Jose
Your landing pages doesn't show the pricing. I would like to know how much i will be paying if i want go for the paid version before I sign up. Is it freemium or just a trial or etc etc. Maybe a page listing the price would be helpful.
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@jijojosein hey jijo, sorry it wasn't easy to find the pricing page. you can check it out right here: https://sunsama.com/pricing
Preston Daniel
Love it already! Can't wait for the ability to bring my Trello cards across. Very cool guys!
J. Pablo Fernández
What sort of integrations do you have? what do you have planned?
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@pupeno we've got integrations with Slack, Trello, Asana, Github and Google Calendar. Next ones up will be deeper integrations with Trello/Asana. Hopefully Station and Hubspot as well.
J. Pablo Fernández
@thepriyadarshy Oh, that's much better than I expected! Cool :)
Justin Watts
This looks rad! The biggest deal breaker for my team here is lack of a web service to hook into. Would love to somehow mirror our Jira instance to this tool.
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@nanowatts hey justin, Jira is something we're interested in integrating closer with (and oft requested). Would you be willing to hit us up at support@sunsama.com so we can talk a bit more in detail about how you'd like to use that integration, so we can build something you'll love?
Justin Watts
@sunsama @thepriyadarshy Absolutely.
Nate Davis
Been waiting for something like this! On boarding experience was great.
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@nate_davis glad to hear you enjoyed the onboarding. what use cases / features have you been waiting for something to help you with in particular?
Nate Davis
@thepriyadarshy Running a two person team and trying to juggle simple task within our calendar without using a more complex system meant for larger teams. Having task / kanban within a calendar is specifically what I have been waiting for.
Nate Davis
@thepriyadarshy A mobile app companion would be great. Is that on your roadmap?
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@nate_davis yup it sure is
Tom Benattar
OMG! Love this 😍
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@tombenattar thanks tom :) give it a whirl and let us know what you think!
Keith Brooks
Great concept Ashutosh! I love the idea of displaying tasks on the y axis and time on the x axis. That combined with the Kanban UI makes for an interesting mix. Going to give this a try 🙌
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@ksbrooksjr thanks we thought it's pretty cool too. there's not a lot out there that uses time as the x-axis and tasks on the y like this. so once you use it let us know how it feels; we'll be happy to improve things, we're learning as we go here.
adam webber
I was looking for something just like this the other day. This product is amazing!
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@adamwebber thanks for the kind words, Adam! What exactly were you looking for? Is there anything missing or not what you expected?
adam webber
@thepriyadarshy I'm a daily Trello/Slack user. I was using a piece of paper to list my to-do tasks at the top and the below the To-Do was my day broken into the hours, which i would then fill in my tasks to accomplish. I was looking for something to replace this system with and I love what you have done here. I would love to see the ability to have a checklist option with-in a task ticket.
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@adamwebber got it, thanks for that details. couple notes: - we've got checklists inside a task ticket as a roadmap item - if you open up sunsama in tasks + calendar view, you should be able to drag and drop tasks on to your day :)
adam webber
@thepriyadarshy thanks for this product BTW - so well developed and polished!
Ramon Pans
Hey!! Love the idea, congrats on your launch!!! I wanted to ask something about the pricing plans. The free tier states it allows up to 100 tasks. What exactly do you mean by that? Is it 100 tasks total (counting past days and completed tasks) or do those not count?
Travis Meyer
Maker
@ramon_pans thanks! The free tier plan lets you complete up to 100 tasks total. 100 was the number we found gave folks enough time to try it out and decide whether they actually liked using Sunsama as part of their daily workflow. Once you've completed 100 tasks, you can still use the app on the free plan, but you won't be able to see your past task completions until you upgrade.
Mason Wooley
Very nice app! Ill be testing it out and reviewing it in a few week. But I am already liking what I am seeing.
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@masonwooley hit us up if you've got ideas on how we can improve the app
Abbas Jaffar Ali
It's a beautiful app and a good concept but the lack of being able to add recurring tasks is a showstopper for us. Back to todoist.
Travis Meyer
Maker
@ajaffarali thanks for constructive feedback. We heard a lot of requests today for recurring tasks from fellow hunters. It's something that certainly fits in quite naturally to the theme of sunsama as the home for the tasks you want to work on each day. We'll do our best to bring it to life for you.
Travis Meyer
Maker
@ajaffarali just a quick update that we now support recurring tasks! thanks for the suggestion.
Abbas Jaffar Ali
@travisawakens Nice- let me look at it again
Abbas Jaffar Ali
@travisawakens Any timeline on the mobile apps?
Eric Poindessault
It looks amazing, the perfect mix between the tasks and the calendar... exactly what I was hoping to be using one day! Looking forward to the mobile app too.
Travis Meyer
Maker
@p01ds thanks, glad we were able to find each other! Mobile app definitely a big project on our radar. We're holding off a bit until we have the resources to make sure we do it right. In the meanwhile, since we built the web app to be responsive on mobile, a lot of folks just add Sunsama to their home screen in iOS. We'll be making a few tweaks to make that experience even better in the coming days.
Dima Blover💎
Looks pretty good. When are you planing to release applications for Iphone or Macbook? Also do you have integrations with iOS calendar?
Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Maker
@dimablover we are working on OS X app as we speak. We'll have more info about the release coming out soon.
Travis Meyer
Maker
@dimablover in case you missed it, we now have a macOS desktop app you can grab here: https://sunsama.com/desktop.
EbrahimKhalil Hassen
tasks and meetings in one view! you have my attention.
Thibaut Gallice
Nice product ! Exactly what I need.
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