…today, the “Product Review Meeting” continues, but typical of Netflix, it has evolved dramatically. Todd Yellin, now VP of Product at Netflix, runs the quarterly meeting and says, “The meeting has changed almost beyond recognition. It has evolved more into a discussion about hot, debateful, business and customer-centric issues and, yes, Reed still attends.”
The other benefit of these quarterly product strategy meetings is their focus on the “what” we will build. I find companies get too engaged in the “how we build stuff,” which is necessary, but the “what we will build” — defined by the strategy and measured by the metrics — is even more important. It’s good to spend a day focused on the “what we are building and why”, along with all the results and learnings you can pass on to others to help teams stay out of the weeds.