Panic’s Envy-Inducing Project Status Board

9 Mar/10

Panic is a software company that makes useful tools like my personal favorite, Transmit for the Mac. They’ve also made a beautiful project status display that helps their team keep on top of what they’re working on, and what important dates are coming up. Click on the thumbnail to see the full version. The board is actually an internal web page that auto-updates support email queue numbers, how far along each company project is, day over day revenue comparisons, the company calendar, and Twitter messages. Here’s the effect it’s had on the team:

Les, one of our support guys, said it best after a week: “That board is like magic.” Our support turnaround time is faster than it’s ever been. Just the simple act of “publicizing” those numbers — not in a cruel way, but a “where are we at as a group?” way — has kept the support process on-task and, I think, made it a bit more like a video game. (It helps that when all the boxes are at “zero”, a virtual bottle of champagne appears on-screen, and a physical one is likely removed from the fridge.)

Brilliant! I am dying for one of these for my own personal use. Panic, will you add that to your project list? For the nitty gritty on how this board was built and what kind of display it’s on, check out the full post at the Panic blog.

The Panic Status Board [The Panic Blog]

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