Meeting Profile: Product Team Brainstorm

This is the first in a series of posts we’re going to be doing around Trackmeet meeting inspiration.  What does that mean?

If there’s one thing that’s clear to us after speaking to hundreds of you on the phone and in person, there are LOTS of different types and styles of meeting out there.  Long ones, short ones, virtual ones, formal ones, yada yada yada.  The thing is, there are very few resources (if any) around structuring your particular meeting.  That’s where meeting inspiration comes in.

Our first inspirational meeting is the weekly product brainstorming meeting held at Latitude Geographics.

This is a weekly meeting that involves all of the senior product managers, dev leads, QA lead and CTO.  It’s lead by Drew Millen, Director of Products (that’s Drew below).

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The purpose of the meeting is to brainstorm and share ideas around the overall direction and strategy for Latitude’s product offerings.

Drew uses Trackmeet to create a shared agenda for the meeting, which sources all of the topics from across the development team.  The 10 attendees are free to add topics during the course of the week.

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“As an early Trackmeet user, the whole collaboration idea really struck me as a great match for how we run our weekly product brainstorm” quips Drew.

“Previously, I’d ask for input via email and send out an agenda just prior to the meeting. Using Trackmeet, everyone can add their thoughts and attachments whenever they want, and they can review all the topics everyone else had added.”

Drew’s team also used an early experimental feature (coming soon!) that allowed them to capture meeting audio and synchronize it to the meeting for later playback.

“The audio capture in Trackmeet is pretty cool.  One of our product managers is in the Netherlands, so he reviews our meetings using Trackmeet to come up to speed” he adds.

In addition, Trackmeet serves as a repository for meeting content that can be reviewed and searched later.

“The thing with our meetings is that previously, we had notes, agendas and tasks strewn across different systems.  Finding everything was messy.  Trackmeet puts everything in one place – one system.”

 

 

 

Slack, Asana and Google Docs… Oh my!

We wanted to share the latest enhancements we’ve made to Trackmeet, based largely on the feedback we’ve gotten from you!

The largest improvement? Integrations with Slack, Asana and Google Docs.  You can now export meeting content to each of these tools.  Huge!

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In addition:

  • When saving meeting details (time, location, attendees), Trackmeet prompts you to optionally send out a notification to attendees.  No more unwanted invitations.
  • Speaking of attendees, you can invite them to Trackmeet directly from within the app – super easy to pull in collaborators!

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  • Also, when adding attendees, we’ll pull in your Google contacts as you type to autocomplete your invitation.  Very slick and what many users have expected.
  • We’ve added the ability export from individual resources – agenda, notes, action items, decisions or attachments.  Perfect for when you just want to export just a single item.

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  • You can also export content directly from your meeting summary – just click on the down arrow next to your items

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  • And lots of other small improvements and bug fixes.

Have any specific ideas for enhancements?  Contact us – we’d love to hear from you!

Fun with our team photo shoot

We’ve updated our website recently, and realized we needed profile pictures for the team.  What better way to have some fun than do a track and field style shoot with Trackmeet?

I reached out to my kids’ school to see if they’d mind if I borrowed some of their athletics gear.  “No problem!”, replied Gabe Kremler, Director of Athletics.  “What do you need?”  A day and a trip to the gym later, we were ready for a trackmeet.  Er, Trackmeet.

The weather cooperated and we were able to get some great shots out on the patio and in our meeting room.  Overall, we were super psyched with how everything turned out.  Look for these on our website!

The full shoot is available here for the curious: https://goo.gl/photos/5Jf73FLA5ogXbq6M7

Here are our favorites:

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Pay attention! (Yes, that’s a javelin)

 

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I got this.

 

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Candy Crush, yeah!

 

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Think, fast!

 

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Gioele’s true calling is clearly as a tablet-toting hurdler.

 

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Bicep curls.  Weight?  1 Noah