Braid - Simple Project Managment Built Into Gmail and Gcal
June 15, 2016 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Braid - Simple Project Managment Built Into Gmail and Gcal
Braid is a Chrome extension that lets you add emails, events, notes, and files to a project from inside Gmail and puts them in a nice little project news feed thing. It's kind of like if Yammer and Basecamp had a baby inside of Gmail.

The idea for Braid was to make it super easy for people to actually update a project management tool when there were important things that should go somewhere. It seemed that the issue was that no one really liked their project management tool, so people would update it haphazardly. And that made bosses and clients really angry because they didn't know what was going on the way that they do when they're anxious.

So we decided to just add it inside of people's inboxes, where a lot of people live. Started with Google since that seemed easier than porting to a dozen different versions of Outlook. There are Add To Braid buttons on emails and calendar events and you can expand and collapse Braid from your Gmail Inbox or Google Calendar view.

People have used Braid for things like client projects, doing project retrospectives, and organizing baby showers. I use it about 50/50 between teamwork and private projects for brainstorming and travel plans.

Anyway, try it out - I hope you'll like it!
Role: bad programmer
posted by sachinag (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

That looks really cool, I'll have to try it out. Unfortunately I can't use Gmail for work, but I can see it helping my non-work life quite a bit.
posted by COD at 10:32 AM on June 15, 2016

COD - cool! Please let me know what you think and if you MeMail me with your email address, I'll be happy to set your account to free forever. (I suppose that goes for all MeFites, really.)
posted by sachinag at 3:31 PM on June 15, 2016

I added it. Thanks.
posted by AugustWest at 11:50 AM on June 16, 2016

This seems really neat. If you could, it would be nice if the screenshots were clickable to zoom in.
posted by Deathalicious at 4:35 PM on June 16, 2016

Oh god, did you look into my soul and see exactly what I needed? I have productivity tool fatigue, keep forgetting to open and update things and this looks brilliant. Again I can't use Gmail at work (can use calendar though) but am looking at this for personal projects.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 12:54 AM on June 18, 2016

This is really something I want to have a look at, I'm getting error 403 forbidden on the website though.
posted by deadwax at 4:34 AM on June 19, 2016

I've got it installed - very cool. So is the "project" stored on a Braid server?

Also, I totally appreciate the offer of a free account - and I will Memail you to take you up on that. However you might consider a free tier with limitations - 10 projects, no sharing outside of your account, etc. I suspect a lot of individual users aren't going to spend $29 a month. I'm thinking of Basecamp as a model - they have a very limited free tier which I suspect was their trojan horse into a lot of enterprises. Or as an alternative maybe a one time fee for recreational / hobby users - ala the Metafilter model!

Just a couple of thoughts - probably worth exactly what you are paying for them :)
posted by COD at 8:28 AM on June 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

Looks slick. Will test drive it thoroughly. First impressions are good!
posted by Rabarberofficer at 4:48 AM on June 20, 2016

One thing I would like to add is to be able to post a note by ctrl+Enter (just as you can send an email in Gmail). That would speed up my workflow.
posted by Rabarberofficer at 4:53 AM on June 20, 2016

Yes, this is good. thanks
posted by tomvanb at 1:13 PM on June 20, 2016

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