What is Range?
Range helps teams stay in sync and connected, without spending all their time in meetings or writing emails. In Range, you and your team share Check-ins as a way to communicate asynchronously about what’s happening.
Each Check-in is structured with a plan for what you’re going to do, a status update on what happened, and a moment to connect with your team using team questions. Check-ins are a powerful way for distributed and remote teams to stay in sync even across timezones.
Plus, Range connects with apps that you already use to help you track work seamlessly and share progress with your team in just a few clicks. Bring your Jira issues, GitHub code reviews, Asana tasks, Trello cards, and Google Docs into your Check-ins, so you can stop jumping between tools and docs, and start moving your work forward.
Writing a Check-in
Similar to a daily stand-up, your Check-in is a space to share what you’re focused on and what you’ve accomplished with your team, your manager, and other important stakeholders.
Each Check-in consists of three sections, designed to help enhance your productivity, showcase your impact, and build your team’s culture.
- Plan: Start by sharing your top priorities for the day so teammates know what you’re focused on and how you’re moving projects forward. You can pull in tasks you’ve been assigned from other project management apps (like Jira, GitHub, and Asana) to get an all-up view of what you’re working on, organized in one place. (We’ll share more on how to do that in the “Linking your apps” section below.)
- What happened: In the next part of your Check-in, you’ll share progress updates so that your team and manager have more visibility into your in-flight projects. Sharing what you’ve accomplished on a daily basis can help folks understand your process and see how your day-to-day impacts the bigger picture. When you complete and check off an item in your “Plan,” it will automatically move down to “What happened.”
- Connect with your team: You’ll finish off your Check-in by answering the daily team question and sharing your mood with an emoji. This section is designed as a fun and lightweight way to build team trust and create a culture where folks feel comfortable opening up with each other, even when they work remotely.
Tip: Blocked or need feedback? You can add a flag to items in your Check-in to make it easy for your manager or team to see what’s blocked and where you need help moving things forward. You can also use flags to say “Thanks!” to someone for helping you out.
Enriching your Check-ins with integrations
One of the best things about Range is that it brings all of your work together in one place, making it easy to plan your day (without having to open 15 tabs).
When you create your daily Check-in, Range will automatically create suggestions based on your activity within different apps. For example, if you edit a document in Google Docs, Range will suggest that document to you. The same thing happens for issues or tasks you’ve been assigned in Jira and Asana, pull requests you merge in GitHub, meetings on your Google Calendar, and more — all depending on the tools you’ve linked. Once you’ve linked a tool, you’ll see these suggestions listed on the right side of your Check-in screen. Plus, with Range's Chrome Extension, you can add any page on the internet to your Range Check-in.
In just a few clicks, you’ll have an all-up view of everything you’re working on that’s easy to share with your manager and other stakeholders. Plus, when you share your Check-ins, you’ll have deep links back to project roadmaps, key discussions, and other supporting documentation to give more helpful context.
Connecting Range to Slack or Microsoft Teams
If your team uses Slack or Microsoft Teams, you can connect Range to them to send your Check-ins to shared channels and make sure everyone has a chance to read them. When you connect to the communication channels your team already uses, it makes it that much easier to get started with Range and start feeling connected.
By connecting Range with Slack or Teams, each Check-in will be shared in your team’s channel, raising awareness of what’s been shared in Range and encouraging teammates to Check-in.
Sharing Range with your team
Range is made for teams — it’s designed to help you connect, stay in sync, and works best when everyone is on board. We know it can be challenging to bring a new tool into your team’s existing workflow, so we’ve put together some resources to make it easier to share Range with other folks on your team.
To get the rest of your team on board, it first helps to be clear on why you’re adopting Range and what value it can add. You want everyone to understand that Range will help them do their job more easily, better, and faster — it’s not just another box to check or tool to adopt.
Here are a few things to consider when introducing your teammates to Range:
- Think about where you want to be as a team. What goals will Range help your team achieve? How will Range improve your teamwork?
- Consider what’s not working — why do you feel a need to add Range? Maybe your standup has gotten too long, or maybe the engineers and designers are feeling disconnected right now, or two teams are struggling to know what each other is working on.
- What will Range make easier? Consider things from both a team perspective and an individual one — for an individual, Range might help them get back more focus time in their day; for the team, it might help keep everyone in sync so work moves faster.
Tip: Start with a small test squad. If you can, it’s helpful to try Range out first with a few teammates so you can get a feel for it together. With the shared experience and demonstrated results, it can be easier to build a case for your entire team or org.
When you’re ready to share Range with your team, you can invite them directly from the product and send them an email with a little more context.
Navigating the Range app
When you’re logged into Range, you can use the sidebar to navigate to different parts of the product. When you select a feature in the sidebar, it will open up in the larger part of the screen.
Home: This is where you’ll see Check-ins, Objective updates, meetings notes, and anything else from your teammates or teams that you follow.
My Check-in: This is where you’ll write and share your daily Check-in with your team.
Getting started: When you first start out with Range, you’ll see a Getting Started section in the sidebar, where you can find quick tips for getting the most out of the app.
Check-ins: This is where you can view everyone’s Check-ins at your org — you can view them by team or a specific user.
Objectives: In this section, you can add team- or individual-level Objectives, share progress towards them, and view Objectives that other teams are working towards too.
Team Directory: This is where you can find and learn more about teams and individuals at your organization. You can view each teams’ Objectives, flags, trends, and a summary from their Check-ins.
Settings: At the very bottom of the sidebar, you can navigate to your Settings page, where you can link integrations, adjust your notifications, update your profile, and more.
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