We often get the question how Yabbu relates to Teams. Both tools are for collaboration, and in both Yabbu and Teams you can share messages with other people. For us, however, it feels like comparing an ambulance with a fire truck and then saying that they both take you from A to B.
Yabbu is a meeting tool, Teams is a chat tool
Yabbu is a meeting tool that makes it possible through structured communication to handle part of the meeting in the run-up. You can even replace an entire meeting with a virtual session in Yabbu. It is intended for complex topics, decision-making, and to create a record of important decisions. Try to do that with Teams.
Teams on the other hand is a chat tool that is meant to exchange information. This could be a short update. A link. A small document. A reminder. Chat is about current things that you need to be able to continue, and for that it is nice if people respond quickly. Yabbu is not so much about these quick operational issues. It’s about topics that need some more time to structure your thoughts.
A session is central in Yabbu, groups are central in Teams
Yabbu and Teams are fundamentally different. Yabbu is made up of sessions with an end date. The organizer determines in advance the goal, the agenda, who the participants are, the lead person and desired outcome for each agenda item, and the closing date. Participants can then contribute within each agenda item, make decisions, add tasks, and close agenda items.
Teams, on the other hand, is made up of groups with participants. There is one continuous thread within a group. That is where the shoe pinches when a discussion arises about a complex topic that actually belongs in a meeting. It can be very annoying when ten people are in a group, and three people cause noise all day long because they don’t take the discussion offline.
Yabbu makes meetings better, shorter and more fun
It would be too much for this blog to compare all the functionalities, because they are very different. It is good to realize that you can replace a complete meeting in Yabbu with a virtual session. For that you must be able to actively manage a session. For example, in an open session you can add, modify, copy, drag, close, and reopen agenda items. And tasks, decisions and documents are kept in clear overviews. This makes Yabbu a strong tool to improve the governance and compliance of your organization. But we will tell more about that in the next blog.
In conclusion. Be aware that Yabbu and Teams have a different purpose. It is great to use both side by side, but be careful not to take the ambulance if you plan to extinguish a fire.