Where did Meettrics come from?
Thanks for taking time to learn more about Meettrics (Meeting Metrics).
Meettrics is the latest in a line of projects I have built over the years to
help explore and become a master of web application development. I have been
a software developer for over a decade. During this time, I can't even begin
to count the arguments around meetings that have arisen. Some people feel
they are pointless and others feel they are completely required.
Initially, I sided with those who leaned towards the pointless category. But
after becoming a manager that perspective shifted. The simple reality is the truth is far
more complicated and nuanced. If you have sales people that aren't meeting with
exteral clients then you might have an issue with your pipeline in the near future. On the
opposite side, a development team in frequent meetings means they might not
have the time to complete their work and should be expected to miss deadlines.
Different teams have different needs.
Lastly, meeting quality can vary from person to person. We have all
encountered the persona of the person who schedules meetings needlessly in
order to often avoid doing work. But how can we identify those meeting
organizers that contribute in a positive way so they can share their
knowledge? How can we help everyone get better at meetings?
Over the years I have not had access to the data to determine this. Meettrics
is the application I plan to use to solve this for me. I hope you can enjoy
it and gain some insights about your company as well.
What is the vision of Meettrics
Meettrics is the first step in a much larger goal to change how businesses
are run. Software as a Service (SaaS) allows businesses to be launched with
less capital than ever. No longer do you need to pay rent, or buy expensive
tools. A simple computer and time is really all that is now needed. But the
explosion of software just hasn't happened. Meettrics is an exploration
around a new business model.
Quality over speed
In recent years I have noticed the increasing use of software terminology
in common vernacular. As a software developer, this makes me a bit scared.
After initially thinking it's cool, the process of how this is happening is
quite scary. Software these days is shipping broken. Not accidently broken,
but quite intentionally. A "fix it later" mentality has arisen from software
developers that really is a "fix it never".
Meettrics is committed to delivering features that work. Every bug a customer
experiences is a failure. It's a bad experience no matter how small of an
Value creation over production
Software development is about problem solving. The right answer is often
counterintuitive to logic. It reminds me of the cars scene in which the main
character "Lightening" McQueen is told that in order to "turn right in order
to go left". In the same vein, I live in Amsterdam and bikes are
the way of life. In order to turn left on a bike, it's best to pull the
handlebars to the right and "counter steer".
Some people still don't believe me after I tell them this fact because it
runs counter to what one first thinks. The same thing applies to businesses.
Throughout history we have largely valued production. People are hired to
perform a task and you do that task at the direction of the business.
I think this model of focusing on production no longer works as well as it
used to. Production is a commodity, and if your employees are simply
commodities, then it only makes sense to pay the lowest price. Or as we see
in other industries, they may be automated away. Why bother have cashiers
take your order when a nice touch screen is quicker and more accurate?
What is being missed is the tremendous value of an employee. People are more
than one dimensional. They enjoy multiple disciplines and activities.
People are natively curious and actively pursue learning new things. I want
to focus on maximizing peoples potential value over maximizing their
production. Monetizing value is relatively easy compared to creating value.
By maximizing the value of Meettrics through realizing employees potential,
we will have way more value to monetize. Over time hopefully this can be a
feedback loop and invest this back into our people.
Masters over experts
All of this leads to masters over experts. I think that anyone can be an
expert if you stay in one field long enough. Being an expert is simply a
large amount of cumulated knowledge and experience in a subject areas.
What Meettrics needs is to be filled with is the best masters. A master is
someone that can become an expert repeatedly. Meettrics aims to focus on
how to make becoming an expert on a subject faster.
I don't want to hire production roles. I hope to never post a job for
Software Developer or Customer Support Rep. I want to post a job for
entrepreneurs that can help code their product or a yoga instructor
that's interested in helping others. Being good at production alone
isn't enough anymore.
Collaboration over individualism
By putting together a group of great people, the dynamic changes. I hope
Meettrics can become a place for the best painters, artists, developers,
musicians and more. These people need to be interested in leaning in to
others problems and leveraging their mastery to build products impossible
for one person to ever create.
A Meettrics employee seeks to give back. We build value by sharing our skills
and contributing to each others dreams. I hope I can use my skills in
software development to help out a painter or a dancer. And I hope in the
process I can gain a bit more of their passion and skill-set.
How does Meettrics measure success?
The key metric I want to measure Meettrics success by is the total
amount of hours invested in others. If a developer has an app idea
that looks really promising, we should focus on getting the value delivered
with as little effort as possible. If we have employees doing tasks that are
manual labor and repetitive we need to automate that so they can do more
valuable activities like learning a new skill or inventing a new
feature/product. It's about the people.
Want to help?
What I want to achieve over the next decade or two is radical. It's almost
a 100% probability that I fail. And maybe this seems impossible and
overly optimistic to you as well. But, I believe together with others that share the same
vision we can get there. It's easy to be discouraged because it feels like
the end goal is not reachable. But all I and Meettrics can do is to ensure
we ended today a bit closer to our goal than yesterday. I don't know when
we will arrive, but we are on our way, and this is first step. Send a
message and join us on our journey.
- From the founder, Colin Petruno