How to Focus your Team with Custom Tabs

Posted by Andy Singleton on May 28, 2013 16:47:00 PM

Michael posted last week about A Developer Dashboard for All Your Tools.   He showed how you can use custom tabs to display external Web pages in your Assembla space.  This is a cheap trick with powerful effects on focusing attention. In this article we will explain how to set up a custom tab.


Go to your Admin tab and select "Tools".  You will find the following panel:

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Click on the button to add a new tab to the top of your space.  Select the new tab.  You will see a form where you can configure it.

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Now, sort your tab into the position that you want.  You can go back to the Admin tab and select Appearance.  You will see a Navigation panel where you can drag your tabs into the order you want.

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I get a management report with key financial numbers on a Google spreadsheet. After moving it to a custom tab, I look at it more frequently.

As you can see below, we put Jenkins in a custom tab, and we used our Jenkins oAuth plugin to log viewers into Jenkins with their Assembla accounts.

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We keep a lot of monitoring tools in our tab bar:

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Andy SingletonWorking on Continuous Agile and Accelerating Innovation, Assembla CEO and startup founder

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