"To make knowledge productive, we will have to learn to see both forest and tree. We will have to learn to connect." Peter Drucker, 1993
In order to open up complexity with the help of beeBlum, to find correlations and thus enable better decision-making, only three simple steps are required: You create a new board and describe the current situation you are facing. You can use pictures or attachments to describe your challenge better. Then you decide who you want to involve in the analysis and if you want to include a specific request. Finally, all you have to do is wait for the feedback of your colleagues.
When we work in networks, we have to learn to behave more situationally. In a connected world, diversity has become the most important resource. In order to use it effectively, gain as much insight as possible and generate new solutions to problems, it cannot be locked up in organizational hierarchies and control structures. Instead, one must allow the individual data to be meshed into knowledge and thus into a useful context.
People must share their knowledge with others as a matter of course, to allow different perspectives on a topic and to encourage critical questioning. Thus, it is no longer enough to know something, it is essential to be able to communicate it. The interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge workers is what really matters in networks. It is the interface at which the most significant added value is created.
In beeBlum it's not possible to communicate without a reference to a specific topic. To do so you create a so-called situation. There you describe what it is all about, add further information like pictures or attachments. Then you define the target groups and by this the participants. In beeBlum you don't communicate directly with people, but share information with other teams by creating posts. In contrast to a chat, posts represent closed information units. They can be organized within a situation without losing their context. They are particularly well suited for asynchronous and targeted communication.
Using an intelligent algorithm, beeBlum distributes the posts to the individual information streams of relevant recipients. Over time you will find valuable feedback and helpful reactions in your situation board, ordered by the different senders perpective.
When complexity is opened up, it connects - people and their affairs, the new and the old, problems and their solutions.
Just a quick question...
How expensive will the project be, what is really needed? Is it really that important? What does purchasing think about it? Gathering information is a cumbersome task. Documents and spreadsheets, even when shared online, are not really made for collaboration. In communication tools, you often lose track of everything. There must be an easier way, we thought. That's why we created beeBlum.
A Board in Kanban-style that communicates
Kanban boards are a practical tool to organize things. We believe they are also a perfect tool to structure communication. Therefore we have rethought the way of interacting with them. In beeBlum your board can do a lot more than just store information. You can use it to test hypotheses, get different perspectives or use it to distribute tasks to specific target groups and many more. In this way you can create new connections that would have been concealed within established patterns of thought and behavior.
"(...) different perspectives drive innovation because you look at challenges from points of view that you would not have otherwise thought of. However, it is important that everyone can participate and have their say." Frederik Pferdt, Chief Evangelist Google
By changing the visibility of a column, you make it accessible to others. This way, colleagues who don't have direct access to the board can still contribute to your situation via their personal information stream. This works for individual experts, your entire organization and, if you want, even for the crowd.
beeBlum does not only support text or soft facts (like group chats or instant messenger). By using (custom) criteria you can make soft factors measurable or even query specific data.
A situation forms the contextual framework for the information that is organised in it. Situations are managed by a group responsible for them, the Circle.
A perspective corresponds to a view of the situation. You can define the type of external access and the ways in which you can interact with the information in this column.
beeBlum was designed to be used by a large number of users and supports simultaneous work on the entire platform.
Manage your own set of criteria. You can choose from different types and use voting mechanisms besides key figures and text.
Criteria help you to make information measurable. Combined with their context, they form a homogeneous data model that you can use in other tools.
With the help of the search and sort function you can find posts easily and without effort.
The situation, a contextual board in Kanban style
The main working instruments in beeBlum are situation boards. They are inspired by Kanban-Boards, but optimized for interdisciplinary work across teams. Your central source of information, your personal feed, is directly integrated into each board.
A board is in charge of a clearly defined challenge or problem by describing the overall context. To structure the relevant tasks and information in a meaningful way, you can use any number of lanes.
Lanes are the individual tracks of your situation structure. You can use them to organize yourself, create requests and share the information they contain with others via their personal feed.
Your personal feed keeps you informed about the requests or tasks released for you and other interesting Posts curated by the platform. If you want, you can drag & drop posts from your feed to a situation board for later usage.
Postings encourage to stay close to the context
Real-time conversations are a very useful form of communication - in really urgent situations. However, they have significant disadvantages when they become the primary method of interaction. They systematically steal a lot of attention and thus jeopardize the ability to perform concentrated work. That is why in beeBlum we use postings as primary carrier of information.
Postings are ideal for topics that require more time for evaluation. By grouping them in a suitable location, they give the user a clear orientation to follow information asynchronously from beginning to end. Comment threads on postings ensure that the discussion always follows the context.
The Markdown markup language can be used to format the text of a post. Markdowns are easy to understand and easy to read even in their original form.
Posts can be enhanced by any combination of criteria. Up to four of them can be displayed as favourites directly next to the post, without the need for another click. beeBlum has a number of predefined criteria, which can be customized or enhanced as desired. Currently the following basic types are available: text, list, Boolean, date and number with various formatting options.
Lanes help you to structure information
The information stored as postings can be moved between the individual tracks of the board, the lanes, by simply drag & drop. This is useful to organize work, tasks and information.
Lanes can be of different types. If they are of the task or perspective type, they share the information stored in them with a custom group of recipients. This could be specific combs, your whole organization or with the crowd. The exchange takes place via the personal feeds.
While postings in Task- Type lanes are considered completed as soon as they have been processed, Perspective- Type Lanes continuously provide you with feedback and ideas from other teams. You can specify in detail whether criteria values are displayed or queried, if comments are allowed or required (and much more).
Stop being so beesy. Just stick to the truly important stuff!
In the past, when we worked solely in offices and there was a clear division of tasks, we spent a lot of time on planning and coordination. We synchronized plans, allocated resources and - as soon as something unforeseen happened - threw everything away. Then we spent not only time replanning, but even more time justifying deviations from the plan.
We no longer have this time any more. And, let's be honest, we actually never had it before...
In a modern working environment two parameters are sufficient to control tasks: Important and Urgent. And although this sounds revolutionary, Dwight D. Eisenhower's concept is over 60 years old.
on the right stuff!
The idea of doing what is really important is surprisingly uncommon in business operations. Far too often, the urgent and short-term dominates our attention. By deeply integrating Eisenhower's principle into beeBlum, we make it much easier for you not to lose track of the big picture. We hope that objectives such as sustainability, public welfare, peace, health, education and ecology will move back to where we think they belong: In the heart of our thinking and the way we act. For a better world - with cheerful bees.
A unique blend of a work management toolset and a social media platform
beeBlum combines the simplicity of exchanging information with the power to work out alternative actions in one single solution. This makes it easy for you to organize yourself, get valuable feedback and keep everyone on the same page. Because you can discuss and manage a situation on different perspectives at the same time you can open up a wider context, gain new insights and discover new ideas. You can evolve your findings to alternative actions, so it becomes amazingly easy when it comes to decision-making to understand the problem and what could be done about it. Using beeBlum will leed to fewer barely prepared meetings, to reaching your goals faster and have more fun at work.
Attention is your most valuable resource and is almost always underrated. If tools control too much of it, it hinders your ability to do great things. Important communication should therefore only be done in real time in exceptional cases. Better are systems that allow each individual to get the job done exactly when it makes sense for them. Such asynchronous systems work even better if the individual contributions can be focused very closely on a specific topic or problem.
Your personal information stream
In beeBlum, an intelligent algorithm ensures that you only get the postings that are interesting for you in a stream of information tailored to your needs. Due to the pyramidal structure of the contributions in your stream, it is always clear what it is all about, what the actual problem is and how you can contribute to it.
By evaluating suggestions, making assessments, adding missing information or making new proposals, you support your colleagues in a goal-oriented and efficient way. By simply scrolling, you can switch to the next opportunity.
beeBlum is not a one-way trip. We will keep you posted whenever your contribution has been useful for someone else. This way you are much closer to the action and will be the first to know when your contribution has helped set something big on its way.
You can rate and comment on relevant contributions and add missing information. You know the planned sales price? Simply enter it.
By simply swiping to the left or right you indicate whether you like a post or not. If you swipe upwards, the next post will be shown.
Innovations arise from the association of different information. If a post leads you to something new, you can capture it right away.
beeBlum makes sure that you get mainly relevant, but also some rather unfamiliar information. Because sometimes this is where the biggest opportunity can arise.
Through the constant exchange of information with the possibility to react, the identification with the company will be significantly increased.
Due to the possibility to constantly discover and interact with a variety of information, the use of beeBlum is much more fun than with conventional business software.
Your personal feed
beeBlum shows you relevant tasks, information and ideas in a feed tailored to your needs. The ranking of contributions is based on a combination of factors - starting with the comb you join as a new user, your interests you express over time, and taking into account the things you consider less interesting. Part of "the magic" is that there is no overall feed for a team or your entire organization. Even though different people will come across the same posts, the feed is unique to each person and tailored to that person.
You can drag & drop relevant posts from your feed into a suitable lane for your situation. They are stored there as a reference to the original posting. So all changes are done immediately and reciprocally in all boards that contain the posting.
Your feed is the core element of the beeBlum App. Thanks to the particularly simple interface, designed for mobile use, you can support your colleagues or contribute new ideas virtually from anywhere - and whenever you have time.
Diversity and versatility are the two key factors to more creativity and the emergence of innovation. That's why we'll show you a few things in your personal feed every now and then that you may not really be familiar with at first glance... Just be open, because it is often what you did not expect that will lead you to a new, groundbreaking idea.
Trust makes all the difference
When employees say what they really think, companies and employees alike benefit from such a culture of trust. Google calls this psychological safety - and believes that this is the most important factor for the success of teams.
beeBlum creates an environment of trust and thus the necessary confidence. This way really everyone in the company will contribute much more than today. The idea behind it is ancient ("if only Siemens knew what it knew"), but its realization is cutting edge.
bee the difference
Organization in Circles
beecome the best team in the comb
Organizations must adapt their structures to the primary units in which the work is done today: The teams.
In beeBlum teams organize themselves in circles. Circles represent a second hierarchical structure in the company to supplement the legally required organizational structure. Each Circle has a clear focus and is authorized to organize itself internally in such a way that it fulfils its purpose in the best possible way.
Only through linking the purpose, i.e. the competencies and the area of responsibility to a circle content and target-oriented communication becomes possible at all.
A better organizational design
In an exponential organization, the challenge is to determine exactly what decision makers - regardless of their company status - need to make good decisions and implement them effectively. One of the most important skills of successful companies is therefore to enable decisions to be made in appropriate circles. By analysing the people involved in the decision-making process and their relationship to the circle making the decision, it is possible to determine the distance between coordination and context. By correlating distance and speed depending on the decision categories, it is possible to gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of the individual circles.
With beeBlum, an organisation is successively designed that can make and execute decisions better and faster than the competition. The result is what managers always try to achieve and yet so rarely achieve: more performance.
An "organization" is a unit of peoplework wo work together in a division of labor and continuously towards a common goal. A truly committed bunch ;-)
You can restrict access to your organization by specifying a domain. Only people who have an email address for your company can register as members of your organization.
A "comb" is the primary organizational unit of the organization. They pursue a clear purpose and take full responsibility for it. A Comb has to organize itself in a way that it fulfills this task in the best possible way. It can form sub-Combs, the overall structure is hierarchical. Each person can be part of different combs.
The "situation" describes a specific challenge, task or problem within the area of responsibility of a comb for which a result is to be achieved. Situations are the places where the essential knowledge work happens.
Open up complexity means decision-making
One out of three people would like to get faster decisions. While three quarters of managers would like to make faster decisions, but cannot do so because of poorly prepared information. Most companies try to solve this challenge by providing more and more data. They invest massively in technologies for presenting and evaluating facts - and thus miss the core of the problem: supporting the process of discovering coherences.
It is comparatively easy to give the expected "right" answers and to come to a solution quickly. But it does not produce any ideas. Due to our tendency to reduce complexity, there is also the danger of overlooking important information in context. To open up complexity instead you need divergent thinking: to consider many possibilities, to live in a state of ambiguity and not immediately strive for solutions. Good decisions require conscious recognition of the possible connections.
The information collected in the situation board can be further developed into action alternatives in beeBlum. In order to describe the possible futures, you use a custom set of criteria in addition to simple text. These can be numbers, data and facts, such as costs or turnover, but also "soft" factors like risk assessment or the expected increase in customer satisfaction. By linking the criteria with information from the situation, you create the context. Assessments and decisions become comprehensible.
The information available on a problem determines our actions to a large extent. Due to the built-in diversity of analysis across different perspectives in beeBlum, we can open up complexity much better. Little stories, the posts and comments we share help us to understand coherences and make numbers, data and facts vivid and tangible.
On such an information basis it becomes easy to develop not only one but several alternative options for action. In order to compare your alternatives objectively you use individual criteria sets in beeBlum. The criteria values of your individual alternatives can be linked to information from the situation. This way you create a reference between assessments and information. Assessments become transparent and can be traced in the future. Since not all factors are usually equally important for your decision, you can adjust the relative weighting of the criteria to each other and see the effects on the evaluation of the individual alternatives directly.
"Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak." -Epictetus
Information is useless if no action is performed in return. That's why beeBlum supports the work on different alternatives. An alternative represents an opportunity for action or a viable future. These are made up of a set of matching criteria. By binding these criteria with information from the underlying situation, a dynamic action model will be generated. For each of these criteria, the weighting can be adjusted individually and the effects on the model can be analysed.
As a decision maker you will never again be confronted with badly prepared situations. Due to the pyramidal structure of the information provided, you can grasp facts much faster. You only look at details if you are really interested. You compare alternatives, weight criteria and look at the effects. Of course, you can also decide right away - or request additional criteria and opinions.
By developing alternative options for action, beeBlum supports you in moving from a more problem-oriented to a solution-oriented approach.
To agree on the relevant evaluation criteria is an underestimated but essential step in the goal-oriented analysis of the initial situation.
Evaluation criteria can be dynamically weighted and the effects on the decision model can be analyzed.
Alternatives are compared using the same set of criteria. By linking to information from a situation, a dynamic model is created.
Pyramidal information access
As a decision maker you navigate from the big picture to the details. This way you can grasp the essentials much faster.
Pyramidal information access
As a decision maker you navigate from the big picture to the details. This way you can grasp the essentials much faster.
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We know that a unified data model is important for you. That is why we rely on SAP Graph as an interface to central data and functions from SAP. This allows criteria to obtain their possible values directly from your operational system. That ensures high data quality and consistency across system boundaries. This works also for data-exchange of orders, contracts or project elements between beeBlum and SAP.
In conjunction with the add-on solutions from our partner Five1, we support cross-tool and cross-provider collaboration in the field of analytics. In beeBlum comments can be collected, condensed and further processed in a context-specific manner.
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