Before I left BrightRoll in 2016 I documented the approach we used for building successful products for future Product Managers on the team.

Themes to Consider For New Initiatives

Whenever thinking about new initiatives, it’s important to keep a few guiding principles in mind from the very beginning of the planning phase.

This one is a bit cheesy and may seem obvious, but its importance cannot be stressed enough. Using data to make informed decisions and to stitch together your story for how and why to accomplish certain tasks is invaluable. The Hackers* are an incredibly valuable asset to help make this happen.

*We were fortunate…


Starting a company is hard. But “failure” definitely isn’t one of the words I’d use to describe my experience.

My grandma used to tell me to “make every experience a learning experience”

Since letting friends and family know my co-founder and I were shutting down our startup, a lot of people have asked me what I’ve learned and what I would’ve done differently. So I thought it’d be helpful to write down some of my thoughts.

Dylan Sather and I spent the last year and a half building a suite of tools aimed at helping people get more stuff done at work. We built 4 apps that were used by thousands of people…


Not all decisions require a meeting in order to drive next steps, and too many meetings have way too many people to be effective.

Familiarize yourself with this flowchart before scheduling another meeting (source: https://shoulditbeameeting.com)

With so many new tools, apps, and plugins to make it easier to schedule meetings at work, it’s become too easy to steal your coworkers’ time.

Ever feel like all you do each day is bounce from meeting to meeting? And you only ever have time to get work done after-hours? You’re not alone. Most office workers spend at least 45% of their time in meetings.

There are essentially two ways to fix this — (1)…


Not all decisions require a meeting in order to drive next steps, and too many meetings have way too many people to be effective.

Familiarize yourself with this flowchart before scheduling another meeting (source: https://shoulditbeameeting.com)

With so many new tools, apps, and plugins to make it easier to schedule meetings at work, it’s become too easy to steal your coworkers’ time.

Ever feel like all you do each day is bounce from meeting to meeting? And you only ever have time to get work done after-hours? You’re not alone. Most office workers spend at least 45% of their time in meetings.

There are essentially two ways to fix this — (1)…


Learn how successful teams are using Rate That Meeting to improve workplace productivity

Ever want to know how much specific meetings cost? With Rate That Meeting, now you can.

Meetings can be a drain on team morale and productivity, and they can quickly snowball into dominating your day and week. We’ve likely all had those days where we’re running between meetings all day and we’re only able to find time to truly get work done at night, after normal work hours. Days like this are neither productive nor are they necessary.

We have a simple goal at Rate That Meeting — empower you and your peers to spend less time in unproductive meetings at work.

We’ve built two core products to accomplish this — (1) a platform to facilitate…


Learn how successful teams are using Rate That Meeting to improve workplace productivity

Ever want to know how much specific meetings cost? With Rate That Meeting, now you can.

Meetings can be a drain on team morale and productivity, and they can quickly snowball into dominating your day and week. We’ve likely all had those days where we’re running between meetings all day and we’re only able to find time to truly get work done at night, after normal work hours. Days like this are neither productive nor are they necessary.

We have a simple goal at Rate That Meeting — empower you and your peers to spend less time in unproductive meetings at work.

We’ve built two core products to accomplish this — (1) a platform to facilitate…


Look how busy everyone is!

Work is busy, life is busy, we’re all busy. It’s easy to complain about how busy we all are, but dare I say, it’s dumb, and often bologna. Or rather, it’s an excuse for justifying our feeling of being overwhelmed at work. That’s not to say no one is busy, because there are loads of exceptions to this sentiment — I’m largely referring to the office worker who sits (or stands) in front of a computer most of the day and is so “busy” with a million emails and endless meetings.

Being busy is not the same as being productive…

Danny Roosevelt

Passionate product leader; technology, productivity, and BBQ evangelist. More info @ dannyroosevelt.com.

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