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How to run a retrospective across time zones

As I opened my eyes, the dim light of dawn pushed its way through the curtains. The sun wasn’t up yet, but the birds were already tweeting. Prising my...

Friday Ship

#213 - New Features From New Faces

This week we welcomed some new folks to the team, bringing our total up to nine Parabolians (Parabolites? P9s.) Our small team has doubled this year. ...

New Features

New: pinned agenda items and discussion threads in Check-in Meetings

The first user-facing software we built was the Check-In Meeting. When Parabol was formed, the team ran this meeting every Tuesday. We would catch up ...

Friday Ship

#212 - Caching In

(Source) This week, we shipped a new version of Parabol to production that enhances its performance with a new server-side cache. 🚨 Warning! 🤓 Nerdy...

Meetings are great: the benefits of intentional synchronous time

It was a crisp fall morning, and I was filled with nerves and enthusiasm about the impending challenge: my first day at a new company. Unfortunately, ...

Friday Ship

#211 – Batting Practice

This week, we shipped code from two Parabol developer applicants into production.

How to Build Rapport with Remote Teams

The global pandemic forced the majority of knowledge workers to work remotely. Gone were bringing in breakfast bagels, hosting happy hours, intramural...

Friday Ship

#210 - Blackout

This week, we have little to say. With events sparked by the hateful killing of George Floyd, for once it felt right to leave more room for other voic...

Friday Ship

#209 - Customers Who Share

This week we launched a new feature: color-coding for retrospective templates. As we were writing the post announcing the feature—it’s hard to admit—w...

New Features

New: Color-code reflections in sprint retros

Stop lights. Poisonous frogs. Moldy bread. Every day, colors help direct our attention so we can make smarter decisions. In our digital lives, they pl...

Friday Ship

#208 - 5 Stars

This week, we celebrated receiving more than ten 5-star reviews on an independent review site. Mostly gone are the days of big releases. When you’re s...

Friday Ship

#207 – Card Group Sizes

This week we performed an in-depth analysis of retrospective meeting grouping behavior and discovered some intriguing insights.