WaveCalender 4: Invity

When you are having troubles with managing a large group of people you can use the Invity robot.
The Danish Wave news site called “BølgenDK” which we talked about a little while ago is currently on a subscriber list of 500. Using this manually can be a rather difficult job. I was working on a robot to help with the project, but found this robot and it seems to cover the basics of managing lists more user-friendly.

The robot is really easy to use.

  • Just add pw-invity@appspot.com to the Wave where all the participants are in
  • Select create new Group
  • Create you new group and add pw-invity@appspot.com and you will be able

This is demonstrated in the video that I have created.

What I like about the robot is the connection to the with the gadget. The guys behind the gadget has spent some time on describing how the gadget/robot interacted. It seems really simple to make this work. It seems like the robot can see data from inside the gadget.

The only thing which is a bit irritating, is that the gadget is reloading when you press one of the buttons. That is the only thing which does not work optimal.

This robot can also be used to have conversation within your company, where you want to have the same people in the wave every time.

WaveCalender 3: RatingBot

Rating Bot is a simpel robot which helps with creating voting in best Web 2.0 style where you can vote on each blip. The robot is made by Przemysław Gajda.

You can add the robot using the address: rating-bot@appspot.com

An example on where the robot has been used is on the picture bellow.

ratingbot

The idea of being able to rate each blip is rather smart. It will make it to vote for ideas described in a full blip. So this links a lot to the polling gadget from yesterday. It does thou vote for different blips. So this will be use full when you have more to choose from.

It is possible for a person only to cast one vote for each blip. The way this has been implemented is by using annotation to store each persons vote. I have always used the Cache storage for handling metadata and then linked it to the wave or blip. But using annotations can make it easier to persist data. Then everything is stored in just one place. It would also be possible for other robots to interact with the data created.

You can have a look at the Java code behind the gadget at code.google.com. I could learn a little from the way this code is structured.

WaveCalender 2: Poll Gadget

Often you need to create a poll with somebody else to figure out which option to choose. There is the Yes/no/maybe, but it does not help you selecting between many options. Then you will need to insert on gadget pr event you want to have.

Poll Gadget makes it possible to do this rating. The install gadget xml is on http://wave.samuirai.de/poll.xml, and is really easy to start with using.

I have created a short video of the gadget hire.

I like the gadget because it is really easy to use. You have the option as administrator to create the list of candidates. It is possible to have more votes than one.

The gadget also have a nice graphical look, which makes it easy for users to start with using.

WaveCalender Day 1: Taskboardy

I have just completed the first sprint, where we used Wave to collaboration.

One of the gadgets we used was Taskboardy, created by fzuppa.  It works like a taskboard on a normal sprint tool, where you have your stories and tasks. It is possible to move the tasks forward from not started, to in progress and to complete.  It is possible to drag the tasks from one phase to the next.

The idea of the gadget is really nice, you have one place to monitor your sprint.

waveboardy

The developers linked the gadget, because it made them cabable to see what was going on. It also provide lots of visibility on what is the different tasks we are working on.

The problem was that it is rather deficult to monitor what is going on. You cannot see which of the changes has happended since last time you look at the board, you can use the replay but it is a bit more complex. The board also have  tendeny to become quite large, so it is deficult to make it work fully.

The plan was to complete a review every day until Christmas, if you have an Wave related application that, you feel should get a review drop a comment. I do hope there are enough gadgets/robots or other wave tools to describe.

fzuppa