Collaborative Tech Tools for co operatives 2016

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This is one of the pages on this wiki which came out of the Wortley Hall 2016
Co-operative Technologists First Annual Gathering at Wortley Hall, 14th - 17th November 2016.

Text copied from the Hackpad. See also Self Hosted Services.

Collaborative Tech Tools for co-operatives

  • Facilitator: Alex
  • Minutes: Tanc

Outlanders in the room:

  • Brian is the designer and facilitator of the system
  • Ellie is one of the first people we needed to convince and bring onboard as she is a project manager
  • Alex works as devops developer person
  • Matt K - long time outlander
  • Matt Parsons - software engineer behind co-pitch

Brian: Process of pitching for work for both internal and external projects. The way we flow it down to a schedule of work (we’re all freelancers) as work packages, through to the time that they spent, back into invoicing and financing system. The circle of work.


  1. Commitment
  2. Autonomous working - The idea that I can work whenever I like within the promise of the work to be delivered.
  3. Co-budgeting our own surplus (non-exploitative) - Generating surplus for Outlandish (some goes to overheads), the rest goes to profit. That profit is mine and that budget should be spent by me.
  4. Leverage tech

Demo of Co-pitch tool made by Outlandish.

Tools used by Outlandish to handle project lifecycle

  • Xero (Financial package)
  • Co-pitch - allows collaboratively pitch on projects
  • Co-budgeting - you know how much surplus is being made and you can funnel money into projects
  • Toggl - For tracking time on budgeted projects
  • Float Schedule - tool for scheduling resources

Tools used by people in the room

  • Taiga
  • Basecamp
  • Toggl
  • Trello
  • Harmonia
  • Waffle
  • Harvest
  • Xero
  • Float
  • Resource Guru
  • Office Time
  • Quality Framework
  • Github
  • Free Agent
  • Google Calendar
  • Sugar CRM

A lack of tools for the following problems

  • Time/resource management
  • Cashflow management
  • Scheduling
  • Information collaboration
  • Retrospective/learning/project lifecycle