One of my responsibilities at WideAngle is managing the engineering team. This, of course, means having weekly One on One Meetings. From my experience leading a team, I know that there are 5-8 things that we need to cover, from morale, to personal goals, to what they are struggling with at the moment. But I also know I shouldn’t cover every topic in one session. Each one is important and deserves in depth attention with each direct report. My solution is to change up the topics each week.

I’m super happy to announce that WideAngle’s just released a feature that makes doing so much easier. Our new Dynamic Briefs automatically select questions from your selected pool for each brief. Questions that need to be asked every week, like “Set the agenda,” or “What are your priorities?” can be pinned and will appear in every brief. Now lets drill in more.

Two Brief Types: Static & Dynamic

WideAngle now supports two brief types, Static and Dynamic. Static briefs are the new name for WideAngle’s current style briefs. These briefs allow the user to manage questions manually, giving them total control over preparing for their One on One.

Briefs come in two flavors
Briefs come in two flavors

Dynamic Briefs are the new hotness and help the manager keep briefs fresh and relevant. There are two types of questions that go into a dynamic brief, Rotating and Pinned.

Pinned Questions

Pinned questions appear in every Dynamic Brief. Personally, I use pinned questions for the two key questions I have every week for everyone on my team: “Set the agenda for our One on One” and “What are you priorities this week?”

Pinned questions are on every brief
Pinned questions are on every brief

 

Rotating Questions

Dynamic Briefs have a rotation bucket for questions that can be selected into briefs. The questions I put into the rotation are around morale, long term goals, personal development, and a few “icebreakers”. In other words, things I need to know, but also things that don’t change much week to week. Putting them into the rotation ensure they get asked, but at a sensible frequency.

Rotating questions can be edited and viewed at any time.
Rotating questions can be edited and viewed at any time.

 

Keeping One on One Meetings Fresh with Dynamic Briefs

When building this feature, we discovered that our users were focused around their questions. We redesigned this feature to make it even easier to manage the questions for a brief along with revamping the question library with even better questions.

Coaching library with improved questions.
Coaching library with improved questions.

We’re always looking for ways to ensure that One on One meetings happen and are productive. As always, hit us with any feedback you have on these new features.

WideAngle is One on One meeting software used by companies including General Electric, IBM, AT&T, Google, and many more to make sure One on Ones happen, are productive, and documented.

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