Check out the latest updates to Agility Blue

Our August Agility Blue update is now live, and we wanted to make sure you are kept in the loop on our latest developments. Check out the highlights from our August 2018 release:

What’s New?

Introducing Project Drafts: More Flexibility, More Control

Project Drafts are a special type of project that facilitates editing projects and tasks outside the active project pool. This allows projects to sit in a draft queue to await additional information. When ready, you can convert the draft to an active project and move it into your normal workflow.
 

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A draft can be specified when creating a new project, or an existing open project can be converted into a draft. In addition to creating drafts from within Agility Blue, drafts may also be created when an email is sent to the notify address. Drafts do not require a Matter to be specified when created and they are only found  the dashboard under the new "Drafts" tab. 

Notifications for drafts can be defined separately from active projects, so you may define a different set of people to receive notifications related to drafts.

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Other Updates

  • Notification badges have been added to the "My Projects" and "Project Drafts" dashboard tabs. A small red dot that indicates that a project exists in those tabs. When the projects are complete for the respective tabs, the indicator goes away.
  • A new field called "Source" has been added. This field allows a user to determine where a project was created (such as Agility Blue, the Project Portal, or from Email).
  • The Project Portal has been updated with the following enhancements:
    • 5 new metric panels have been added to give the reader a snapshot of their open projects. The project metrics are: Open, Due Today, Rush, Late, and Ongoing.
    • Projects and Tasks can now be edited after they've been assigned
    • A variety of interface enhancements have been added, including check marks and text strike-through to indicate closed projects/tasks and conditionally colored rows to highlight late projects.

Contact us today to see Agility Blue in action, or to check out our latest updates and integrations.

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Relativity One Compatibility Announcement

Sadie Blue Software LLC Announces Agility Blue’s Compatibility with Relativity One

Agility Blue®, the company’s flag-ship project management platform, now includes seamless integration with Relativity One, the cloud version of Relativity.

Minneapolis, MN– July 30, 2018 – Sadie Blue Software LLC, a developer partner of Relativity, today announced Agility Blue is fully compatible with RelativityOne, the SaaS version of the e-discovery platform. Agility Blue also remains compatible with Relativity 9.0 and higher on-premises versions of Relativity. 

Designed specifically for the legal industry, Agility Blue is a cloud-based platform that centralizes project management and communication, improving efficiency and enhancing collaboration. With this new integration, users can work with matters in RelativityOne directly from their Agility Blue workspace, saving time and improving the team’s productivity.

“Agility Blue has gained rapid acceptance by leading law firms and litigation support companies,” said Chris Chalstrom, CEO of Sadie Blue Software. “We are pleased to provide RelativityOne users with a new tool to enhance their workflow and the efficiency of their collaborations. We value our partnership with Relativity and are committed to continuing to enhance the e-discovery process for all of our Agility Blue and Relativity customers.”

Built and optimized for the Microsoft Azure cloud, RelativityOne is a secure and easy-to-run e-discovery platform that can be scaled or extended to meet the needs of any litigation or investigation.  Integrations and products from partners like Sadie Blue Softwareare available in the Relativity App Hub, where users can pick and choose solutions to solve data challenges in e-discovery or beyond.

“We’re excited that Agility Blue is now compatible with RelativityOne,” said Drew Deitch, senior manager for strategic partnerships at Relativity. “As a cloud-based project management tool for e-discovery professionals, Agility Blue is a great complement to RelativityOne’s secure and flexible SaaS platform.”


About Sadie Blue Software

Founded in 2015, Sadie Blue Software is a company dedicated to providing powerful, intuitive technology solutions for the legal and business communities. Our company was founded by legal and litigation support professionals and technologists who understand the unique challenges of law firms, corporate legal departments, and litigation support providers. Our cloud-based platform, Agility Blue is used by Am200 law firms and leading litigation support vendors to improve communications and work flow efficiency. Please contact Sadie Blue Software at sales@sadiebluesoftware.comor visit us at www.sadiebluesoftware.com.

About Relativity
At Relativity, we make software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our e-discovery platform is used by thousands of organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance projects. Relativity has over 170,000 users in 40+ countries from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 70 Fortune 100 companies, and 199 of the Am Law 200. Relativity's cloud solution, RelativityOne, offers all the functionality of Relativity in a secure and comprehensive SaaS product. Relativity has been named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for seven consecutive years. Please contact Relativity at sales@relativity.com or visit http://www.relativity.com for more information.

Benjamin Legatt
Agility Blue Has Been Updated To The April 2018 Release!

What's New?

Task Form Reference Fields

A new Reference data type has been added to task forms. Reference fields allow you to select one or more values of a defined object while filling out a task form. This can be useful in situations where you would like to reference, for example, another project, a contact, or a user in Task instructions. When a referenced object is updated, the changes are reflected instantly across any field that references it.

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Dialog Window Enhancements

  • Dialog windows now include a button that allows you to re-adjust the height of the window.
  • Add new objects on the fly from a dialog window. Object values that can be created this way include Clients, Contacts, Forms, Matters, Projects, and Tags.

 

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Other Updates

  • A new Settings tab has been added for Media Log Entries for additional customization.
  • The Project Portal has been updated with the following enhancements:
    • Updated Icons and refreshed user interface.
    • Added the ability for users to upload attachments while creating tasks.
    • Task forms have been updated to respect conditional field logic.
    • Task forms have been updated to include the new Reference field type.

Contact us today to see Agility Blue in action, or to check out our latest updates and integrations.

Agility Blue Has Been Updated To The March 2018 Release!

What’s New?

  • Identity Service update: We now offer Single Sign-On with external identity providers that can be linked to your Agility Blue account that can be integrated with Google, Microsoft, or SAML2 providers such as Active Directory Federation Services and Okta. If you’re interested in learning how to link an external account to your Agility Blue account, please contact support@sadiebluesoftware.com for assistance.

  • Icons have been refreshed.

  • Relativity Integration: Added OAuth2 option as an authentication method. Contact us if you need any assistance with setting up a Relativity OAuth2 client for Agility Blue to connect to. We highly recommend using the OAuth2 method, as it removes the need to supply Agility Blue with a Relativity username and password.

  • Added an “About” menu option to provide the current client version.

  • Added a new filter tile to the dashboard: Rush projects.

  • Fixed a UI bug where the light bulb icon did not show up when copying or cloning tasks that contain conditional fields.

  • Fixed a bug where trying to add a new form via the task toolbar button resulted in an error.

  • Fixed a bug that didn’t allow non-admins to see these notifications.

  • The vertical ellipsis menu has been changed to a “Hamburger” menu that now only shows list items (such as Contacts, Attachments, Billing Entries, etc.). The configuration items (such as Billing Types, Forms, Tags, etc) and settings have been moved to their own dedicated menu on the right next to the notifications menu.

Identity Service Options

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Lists “Hamburger” Menu

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Configuration and Settings Menu

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January 2018 Agility Blue update is now live!

Happy New Year! Check out what’s new in the latest Agility Blue update. New features, enhancements, bug fixes and more!

What's New?

New Features Update Experience

We’ve added a new experience for receiving and reviewing Agility Blue updates. When we update Agility Blue with new and noteworthy features, you will see this window automatically:

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Conditional Field Logic

Forms and Form Fields have received some attention. Here are some highlights:

Conditional Properties section added to saved fields

Field conditions can be a powerful way to collect and present the necessary information for forms using conditional logic to control properties. Conditional logic means “If this condition is true, then change these properties”. Based on the values (or lack of values) that fields hold, conditions can be set to alter the requirement, visibility, or even the value of other fields.

Conditions are added to fields through the form editor.  Multiple conditions can be added to the same field and each condition is treated as an “OR” style connector. This is useful if you would like to, for example, make a field visible based on a particular requirement, but hide the field if that requirement is not true.

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Account Details

User Accounts have the following updates within the “Home” area of Agility Blue:

  • Organization Admins can promote or demote users to the Organization Admin role. This is useful if an Organization Admin would like to give a user elevated permissions to allow them to create users on a temporary or permanent basis.

  • 2 new fields have been added: “First Login On” and “Last Login On”.

  • We made it is easier to identify Organization Admins within the Users list by showing an orange start next to their name.

New Settings

New Settings have been added to the Settings page:

  • Notifications: Moved from its own tab to the General Settings tab, controls whether or not the Workspace should generate email notifications.

  • Auto-Populate Requester: Automatically populates the Requester field with the Project creator if enabled. There must be a Contact with the same email address as the creator in order to function properly.

  • Require Project Due Date: Determines if the Due On field should be required or optional. Setting this to true will not allow Projects to be “Ongoing”.

  • Require Requester: Determines if the Requester field should be required or optional.

  • Check for Billing Entries Warning: Enables or disables a message that warns users if they try to close a Task that does not have any associated Billing Entries.

  • Require Task Due Date: Determines if the Due On field should be required or optional. Setting this to true will not allow Tasks to be “Ongoing”.

Other Updates

A variety of other updates and fixes:

  • Grid column picker now lists columns in alphabetical order instead of presentation order.

  • Task due dates can now be changed without having to edit the entire task. There is a new button on the task toolbar and within the task context settings menu.

  • “Create a New Form” has been added to the “New” drop down menu underneath “Create a New Contact”.

  • A mouse rollover effect has been added to the company brand image (Top left image) that states “Go Home”.

  • When a task link is clicked from the Tasks list or from the Open Tasks dashboard, the resulting task is now completely opened within the project details page.

 

Better Communication = Better Project Management
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Poor communication leads to poor outcomes

During any project, prioritizing clear communication among team members, and knowing which communication tools to use, is critical. “Communicating with all your stakeholders is the single most important factor for project management success”, according to an article from the Project Management Institute. Poor communication is too often the cause of other problems that lead a project off-course.

“The top three problems that prevent a project from being successful are changes in scope, poor estimation in the planning phase, and poorly defined goals and objectives. If you communicate effectively, then your chances of encountering these problems is diminished considerably.” How to Improve Communications for Better Project Management (PC Magazine).

Effective communication is particularly important when a project takes several months or years to complete. The project manager needs to remind everyone of the objectives, parameters, status and expenditures of the project—and needs to do so often. All teams and stakeholders benefit from reviewing their project’s status reports and history to get a better sense of what has happened, what is happening and what will happen through the life of the project. Presenting this information in a clear and concise manner through dynamic project reports and dashboards is key.

It’s clear that communication is of the utmost importance for any project to be successful. What can you do to improve your teams’ processes and ensure that your stakeholders will have all the information they need to be successful? This is where the right project management tool can make all the difference.

Using Agility Blue to enhance communication

Agility Blue is a task and project management software designed specifically for the legal industry that can help drastically and easily improve your communication skills:

First, it centralizes all of your information and gives everyone on your team access to it. In the end, documentation is just another form of communication.

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Improve communication by keeping all team members informed of project status through Agility Blue’s dashboard view.

 

Agility Blue also serves as the repository of all your project details, including project sub-tasks, assignments, deadlines, and comments. Access to this record at your fingertips ultimately allows you and your team to accurately and effectively communicate with your stakeholders and clients.

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Standardize communication through Agility Blue’s custom task forms, and by adding comments to tasks.

 

Finally, Agility Blue’s web portal gives stakeholders an easy way to enter project requests and receive automated email notifications when their projects are changed or completed. Notifications are automated, which means less overhead for team members, and no delay in relaying critical information to stakeholders when they need it.

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Automate communication to stakeholders outside of Agility Blue through the Web Portal.

 

You can greatly improve your information sharing with team members, stakeholders and clients by using the a project management platform that keeps everyone in the know, in real time, with minimal effort. To see Agility Blue in action, contact us at sales@sadiebluesoftware.com.

Benjamin Legatt
Check out the latest Agility Blue updates!

Check out what’s new in the latest Agility Blue update. New features, enhancements, bug fixes and more!

 

Add Objects On the Fly

Matters can now be created while on a Client Detail screen. There is a new button named “New Matter” within the Matters list and a link within the Action Console titled “Create a New Matter…” Creating new Matters this way will pre-populate the Client information with the current Client.

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Projects can now be created while on a Matter Detail screen. There is a new button named “New Project” within the Projects list and a link within the Action Console titled “Create a New Project…” Creating new Projects this way will pre-populate the Matter information with the current Matter.

Clients can now be created while creating new Matters by using the new Plus icon next to the “Client” label.

Matters can now be created while creating new Projects by using the new Plus icon next to the “Matter” label.

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Form UI Enhancements

Form names now appear on Tasks for the first section of each Form.

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Task Fields that do not contain any values will now display “No Value” instead of completely omitting the field.

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Email Notifications Enhancements

Reply to Agility Blue Email Notifications

The email notifications generated by the Agility Blue notifications system can now be directly replied to if an email notification has been sent on or after 9/25/2017. When an email is replied to, a new Task Comment is created for that Task. The person replying to the email notification will be listed as the creator of the Comment determined by the “From” email address. If the user replying to an email notification is not an Agility Blue user (if, for example, the email was forwarded to someone that is not an Agility Blue user and that user replies back to that email where notify@sadiebluesoftware.com is listed as a recipient), then the user will be listed as the Agility Blue Service Account. Comments that were created by email replies will be adorned with an “Email Reply” badge. Attachments will be ignored. Please allow up to 30 seconds to one minute for comments to be created within Agility Blue.

Create New Projects and Tasks by sending emails directly to Agility Blue

Emails sent to notify@sadiebluesoftware.com that come from approved domains will generate new Projects and Tasks within a registered Workspace. New Projects will be created with a single Task using the Subject line of the email as the name of the Project and Task. The “General Instructions” form is used with the Body of the email as the instructions. Only the text representation of the email will be used for security reasons (HTML and inline images/objects are stripped), however attachments can be sent and will be processed and uploaded as Task Attachments**.

New Projects and Tasks are created under a Client named “Email Requests” and a Matter named “Uncategorized”. A tag with the name of “Email Request” and category “Agility Blue” is applied to the Project. Projects can be moved to other Matters within Agility Blue by editing the Project and changing the Matter.

If the person sending the email is an Agility Blue user based on the “From” email address, that user will be used as the creator of the Project and Task and Owner of the Project. If the person is not an Agility Blue user, the Service Account will be listed as the creator with no Project Owner. In both cases, the Requester of the Project will be listed as the email “From” address (the Contact will be created if it did not already exist).

Please be aware that objects generated through the email reply and request features go through the same User Notification Rules pipeline as if creating new Projects, Tasks, or Task Comments within the application.

* The email reply and email request features are currently considered “in beta”, and as such, your organization must opt-in to enable the features. Please have an Organization admin send us an email at support@sadiebluesoftware.com or call us at 612-659-0456 if you’re interested in enabling this feature for your Organization. Please note that the email request feature can only be available for one Workspace within your Organization.

** Email attachments should not exceed 25 MB in size.

API Documentation

Api Documentation is now available for users interested in utilizing Agility Blue in external applications using the Agility Blue REST Api.

Bug Fixes

Removed system accounts from Drop Down Lists involved in selecting users (“Service Account” and “Portal User”).

The Create New Task dialog window no longer appears after copying a Project with one or more Tasks.

Benjamin Legatt
Interview with Ari Kaplan on Agility Blue

Respected legal industry analyst and author Ari Kaplan of Ari Kaplan Advisors recently interviewed the founders of Sadie Blue Software on Agility Blue. The interview is featured in the award-winning legal industry blog, Reinventing Projessionals. The blog, an ABA  Blawg 100 honoree, is a great resource for legal professionals throughout the industry. According to the author, the blog “is designed to offer ideas, guidance, and perspectives on how to effectively navigate a perpetually shifting professional landscape, with a unique focus on the legal industry and the technology that is driving its evolution.”

The topics we covered in the interview with Ari include how Sadie Blue Software was started, the challenges for legal teams that Agility Blue solves, and why legal project management has become such a hot topic in the legal industry in 2017. Click on the link below to listen to the interview:

The Promise of Project Management for Litigation Support

Benjamin Legatt
Welcome to the New Sadie Blue Software Blog

Welcome to the new Sadie Blue Software Blog! We are excited to share news, features, helpful tips, and user profiles related to Sadie Blue and our powerful project management application, Agility Blue.

Sadie Blue Software grew from a product developed by our sister company, Shepherd Data Services. Shepherd Data, an eDiscovery/litigation support vendor, had tried various project management tools — everything from scratching out plans on sticky notes to elaborate spreadsheets, to keep up with our fast moving, multi-faceted client projects. In early 2010, Brandon and Chris Chalstrom started researching better solutions and after several months of research, realized that nothing really worked for the unique needs of litigation support. So Brandon, an experienced programmer, volunteered to design “something simple” for Shepherd to track projects. Within 3 months, he rolled out Shepherd’s Electronic Tracking System (SETS).

Over the years, we continued to build on and improve SETS. In 2015, Chris decided it simply made more sense for the product to have its own company and share it with others who were struggling with project management. Brandon, Ben Legatt and Chris then founded Sadie Blue Software and renamed SETS to Agility Blue.

Under Sadie Blue’s guidance, Agility Blue has become a full-featured, multi-dimensional project management system. So whether you scratch out your team’s plans on a post-it or utilize a Six Sigma approach to project management, we encourage you to take a look at Agility Blue. Keep an eye out for future posts, and subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on the latest from the Sadie Blue Software team.

Benjamin Legatt