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February 2023

All the docs we can’t stop talking about.
So much of what we build at Coda—and what we see makers creating in the Gallery—is in pursuit of working better together. This month, we’re honing a few skills to get us closer to the goal behind that goal: more effective collaboration. And we’re introducing the templates below to our teams in the hopes of building more communicative, adaptive, and organized processes.

The Docket is our version of the staff picks shelf at your local bookstore. Every month, we recommend published docs that we’ve personally read, loved, and copied. See past installments
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From Kay on our Customer Success team: As someone who spends a lot of time organizing and attending meetings, I'm always nervously thinking, "could this have just been an email or Slack message?" and, "am I hearing from all the voices in the room or just a few?" This Product School template helps quiet those nagging voices with a framework that emphasizes communication—and ensures meetings are more productive than the usual "tell us how your week is going" fare.

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From Leah on our People team: Psychological safety (the belief that you won't be punished or humiliated for speaking up) is a crucial condition for driving effective collaboration and creating a sense of inclusion. With his approach to pre-mortems, Shreyas cultivates a sense of psychological safety by acknowledging the power of adaptability and explicitly granting permission to voice concerns before (and throughout) a project.

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From Hector on our Solutions team: I’m a visual learner, and I often connect more quickly with a diagram than I do a block of text. Recently, I’ve been relying on Leandro’s Mermaid Pack to help visualize processes and workflows. With instructions for how to make everything from flow charts to user journeys to Git graphs, this template is my go-to when organizing data in simple ways that establishes common ground for my team’s collaboration.

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If this month’s top docs in the Gallery are any signal, the future of effective collaboration is AI-powered.
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: Work more effectively by incorporating AI into your Coda docs.
: A database of ChatGPT alternatives for data testing, social media, and everything in between.

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Five classic templates the Coda team comes back to again and again.
: A table to make your meetings more communicative, named after the question-asking fish.
: Check-in with your team—from anywhere, about anything.
: Stay organized by tracking topics and action items.
: More your team toward a goal with a structured, interactive brief.
: Kickstart any discussion with a customizable set of prompts.

Find these templates and more in your Insert Panel or with the / command.

Need more? Why not try...

...this from Tanvir if you are looking for a pre-made ticketing system, want to break a large project into tasks and owners, or need a way to keep track of who keeps borrowing your favorite hammer.
...this from Ben if you want to develop some good habits, have ever gone down a formula rabbit hole, or refuse to be intimidated by brackets and parentheses.
...this from Lane if you need to make a big decision, want candid feedback from your team, or need to practice putting your money where your mouth is.

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