How to Cut Down on Useless Meetings

By Liza Mock on Aug 30, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
The case for fewer meetings

Do you ever feel like you spend more time sitting in meetings than actually working? According to a recent Atlassian study, the average employee attends 62 hour-long meetings every month and considers half of them to be a waste of time. That’s an incredible 31 hours every month — nearly an entire workweek — wasted…

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Why Visual Communication is Taking Over the World

By Mary Nielsen on Jul 27, 2016 in Latest & Greatest
Why Visual Communication is taking over the World

Connecting with people has never been easier. Or more constant. From FaceTime, Skype and WhatsApp to emails, texting emojis and Snapchat, we are in the middle of a communication gold rush. But this time we’re panning for something a little less shiny. In this article we explore why visual communication is becoming the dominant way…

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UML 2.5 Diagram Types and Templates

By Zack Kushner on Jul 12, 2016 in Tips and Tricks

Looking for a quick rundown of the different official UML diagram types along with templates for each? Welcome to Gliffy. We’re here to help. There are, as of UML 2.5, fourteen officially recognized types of UML diagrams. These types get sorted into three buckets: Structure diagrams, Behavior diagrams, and Interaction diagrams (also considered a subset…

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Hidden Meanings in GOT

By Mary Nielsen on Jun 22, 2016 in Latest & Greatest
Hidden Meanings GOT

Ever tried figuring out how the heck people and houses are connected in Game of Thrones? There are ways, sure. Reddit. Wiki of Ice and Fire. Family tree jpegs. The list goes on. But nothing’s really mapped out in a way that makes sense. At Gliffy we believe that laying something out visually (no matter…

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Getting Back on Track Post Outage (Part 1)

By Liza Mock on Jun 08, 2016 in Let's Talk Tech
diagram of database restore process in gliffy

As you may remember, Gliffy recently suffered a 3-day outage, the longest in our 11-year history. In our post-outage blog, The Turtle and the Hare, we promised to keep you in the loop as we made changes to ensure that nothing like this ever happened again. Here, as promised is the first post about what…

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Six Flowchart Types & Templates

By Zack Kushner on Jun 02, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
how to create an impact map

Flowcharts are one of the most versatile diagram types. Companies use flow charts to document complex business processes. Software engineers use them to envision data flow. Hipsters post them online to amuse each other with their snarky witticisms. Regardless of your needs, Gliffy’s free online flowchart maker will facilitate the process of creating flowcharts online….

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