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5 ways Reactions changed how I run projects

and why you should use them in every doc from here on out
Reactions.

You know them well from Slack but Coda just
them to docs & it has genuinely changed the way I do my job as a Product Manager.

This doc walks through the lifecycle of a project and how reactions can add lift at each step:


Feel free to try each example inline and copy and paste them into your own doc.


1. Get input from the team on prioritization

Reactions can help you gather signal from your team on what they feel is important. I like forcing a first or second choice (versus just vote for anything) since it forces everyone to make the hard cuts.

What should we work on in Q1?
0
Image
Name
First choice
Second choice
1
Build a watch
5
1
2
Build a phone
4
2
3
Build a tablet
2
4
4
Build a computer
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2. Spot what is controversial

When product questions, get a quick read from the working group on what their initial leanings are to see which questions are controversial and worth diving deeper into

If everyone is on the same page already, you may be able to cancel that meeting!

Expressive or constrained?

Expressive:
users can do whatever they want but options could be overwhelming
JO
Constrained with expressive option:
Defaults can be overridden by users
JO
Constrained:
we choose reasonable defaults and limit user choice
JO



3. Make meetings more inclusive

Speaking of meetings, reactions can help make them more inclusive. We drop a "dory" at the bottom of every proposal so the best questions rise to the top instead of the loudest person in the room dominating the conversation

Questions and comments
0
Done
Idea
Author
Vote
1
Is it possible to save 2 hours a week on our meetings?
LT
JO
2
How can we implement Coda in Q3?
AD
3
What is the process for launching a customer feedback tracker?
BD
4
Will there be any scale issues?
FM
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4. Know when to start discussing something

When you have a pre-read it's pretty important to know if folks have read it or if they need more time during the meeting to read. A done reading reaction takes the guesswork out of it.


My Awesome proposal

Point 1
Point 2
Point 3

Done reading?
JO



Try it

I could keep going. I use reactions in just about every doc I create (read: a lot) and it has transformed the way I collaborate. They help me get async feedback and avoid meetings and turn meetings I do have into games.

To try reactions for yourself:

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