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Today we’re celebrating the 3 year anniversary of Business Toybox. Okay, so that date was actually a month ago. Maybe further back. Truth is, I can’t really remember the original date I started working on Business Toybox. All I know is that on the weekend of November 18th, 2015, Techstars and Startup Weekend had another Global Startup Battle, and I decided to enter their first (and possibly only) competition track that was open to anyone.
Let’s take a moment recap. Last time, we talked about what happens when a Sprint ends. You and your team take a moment to decide how well it went, and then it’s gone. It’s not completely gone though. We archive it for safe keeping in a place called the Journal. Let’s talk about what that place is all about. The Story Of Your Business Model First, let’s get something out of the way real fast.
In the last few blog posts we talked a bit about what Sprints are and what you can do with them. We’ve also touched on the fact that Sprints in Business Toybox have fixed lifespans. You get to define when they end, and once you’ve done so you don’t get to extend the deadline indefinitely into the future in order to procrastinate on your work So, for this blog entry, we’re going to wrap up our discussion on what Sprints bring to the table by finally talking about the inevitable.
Let’s do a quick recap. On our last blog post we talked about one of the smaller features that comes bundled with Sprints called Goals. There’s nothing too crazy there (yet), Goals just simply provide a tool within Sprints to help you better define what you want to do during a Sprint. That’s just a small part of our Sprints though. Today we’d like to talk about another key feature of our Sprints called Forms.
Let’s do another quick recap. On our last blog post we talked about the Sprint Feed. It’s the first thing you see when you create a new Sprint, and it’s goal is to help you and your team communicate. If you’re working solo, it’s also useful as a way to jot down quick notes to yourself. Despite the prevelance of workplace chat tools like Slack and Hipchat we still felt the need to create our own internal communication tool inside Business Toybox in order to provide some specific constraints to help your team focus.
Let’s do a quick recap of where we left off last time. On our last blog post, we talked about some of the changes we made to the way you create Sprints. What are Sprints again? They’re a tool within Business Toybox to help you answer questions about your ideas and clear up any assumptions you have about them. Why are they called Sprints? Well, design sprints and development sprints are already an established idea for quickly gaining insight or getting work done, especially in the software development industry.
This is going to be brief. No new features were really added to Business Toybox, but we did change the way you do things, and we’re pretty excited about that. So, quick recap. Business Toybox has these things called Sprints. Sprints help you take the thoughts and ideas from your Canvases and come up with ways to validate or invalidate the assumptions behind them, and maybe come up with some new ideas in the process.
A while back we posted that we had gotten rid of some of the red boxes of old. To recap, in the early days of Business Toybox (and by early days I mean from the beginning up until early March this year) there was this interesting, well, “feature” where if you took a Token (a Business Toybox element which represents a key idea or thought about your business idea or organization) and got a closer look at it, you were treated to a lovely spinning 3D box.
This is going to be a quick update, but a significant one. You all remember what Tokens are, right? They’re round, kinda look a bit like board game pieces, and you put them on your Canvases to represent different key ideas that relate to your business or organization. Well, in a nutshell, fewer Tokens are looking like this when you zoom into them… And more like this… Without context they look a little bit “abstract” I will admit, but for those of you using Business Toybox, you’ll find they look familiar.
Tokens in Business Toybox are very special. They were designed with the intent to take the common sticky-note and make it much better. Sticky-notes are good at capturing quick thoughts, but they’re not particularly great at it. They’re great for writing little reminders for yourself and attaching them in a place that you walk past every day, but I wasn’t convinced they were great at capturing ideas. This is important, because people use sticky-notes and paper canvases a lot to create business models for their next big thing(s).