There are three levels of products, taking efficiency tools as an example:
The first one is to discover user needs, such as fleep, and keenly discover the key in team collaboration-chat, making sufficient remarks on this demand;
Level 2: Anticipate user needs, such as processon. When the text-based team collaboration tool becomes increasingly popular, it is predicted that art and designer users have gone through market education, you can also use team collaboration tools to improve drawing efficiency;
The third key is to create user needs, but there is no such thing as efficiency tools as the leader in the market power.
There is always a forward stream of fish in the surging river. In general product R & D, no matter what the realm, things keep changing. The story is based on the user's needs, and the user's needs are on top of other issues. However, the competition in this segment of efficiency tools is fierce, and there are always idealists who do not play the cards according to common sense and think that user requirements are not the first. They think that the methods of educating users and teaching users to manage time are as follows, it is more important and has more long-term significance than simply meeting users' actual needs.
Week Plan is a time management and team collaboration tool recently developed by an Australian startup team. We have made special reports on tools of the same type, including Asana, trello, Evernote, teambition, partners in China, zapier, fleep, processon, and so on. Compared with the bosses and pioneers in this type, week plan is not mature and far from being a great product. However, it is such an entry-level entrepreneurial product that dares to move forward, as a mentor, he is strongly involved in the user's self-management, surpassing the General realm of product R & D requirements.
Efficiency tools are commonly designed to be "left blank", that is, they only provide "Leverage". Users can leverage in different ways and can always pick up different requirements, such as the old efficiency tools Asana and trello, are quite the essence, the product design left a lot of freedom for users.
Week Plan is the opposite. It strictly limits this degree of freedom to the conceptual framework it wants to convey. Inspired by the self-management monograph "Seven Habits of efficient people" by American management scientist kovi, his team summed up three self-management ideas with the strongest Operability:
A. Plan by week. "Week Plan", as its name implies. Seven days a week is a short time unit. At the beginning of a week, we should take a panoramic view of this week's work and then gradually advance.
B. Four quadrant management for priority management. Covey pioneered this method by dividing four quadrant areas based on the task closeness and importance: important and urgent tasks (tasks to be expired), important but not urgent tasks (Personnel Training ), non-important but urgent tasks (event reports) and non-urgent tasks (personal contribution ). The efficient todo developed by the Chinese team is also a specific application of the Four quadrant management method.
C. Balance multiple social roles. Covey believes that the self has multiple social dimensions, one product manager, one son, one husband, one self-media writer, and one mountain enthusiast. Even at work, he will receive a call from his mother asking him to buy a train ticket on his behalf. He will also design a public number article to be written at night while developing the company's products. Tasks and tasks are not only time, but also interspersed with each other on the role. How to grasp the balance is a learning.
Week Plan is to rewrite the above three ways of thinking in computer language. Open week plan, the first thing that appears is the teaching guide demo. Follow the demo to complete a few simple tasks, you can get a general idea of how to use week plan. The demo is complete, but it takes one or two minutes to complete the demo. for users who are used to learning and do not like to remember too many things during operations, as well as Virgos and users with redpoint obsessive-compulsive disorder eliminated, it is complicated.
The overall interface structure of week plan is clear. The left-side pane displays the user's role division and the task list under different roles. You can create a new role, each marked in a special color. The dashboard provides a calendar with almost full screen size (this allows you to switch to a grid view similar to trello). You can drag tasks from the sidebar to the calendar and arrange your calendar.
The specific task interface is similar to the classic task management tools such as trello. You can add comments, attachments, subtasks, and time on your own. Specifically, the importance and closeness dimensions are introduced. You can mark tasks in different quadrants. The headers of tasks in each quadrants are in different formats, after recognizing the meaning of the title format, you can view the nature of the task on the weekly interface. However, the preliminary test is based on different formats, which makes the interface appear messy and not intuitive.
Week Plan has powerful self-management functions and leaves room for team management. You can create multiple workplaces, add multiple users to the same workplace, and arrange weekly team work plans.
The week plan also provides the parking lot function, which is equivalent to a built-in note. You can write down some work that is difficult to classify into specific roles and your own whimsy here.
Week Plan comes with four Google browser plug-ins, including the tomato working timer and personal growth log, so that you can further manage your time on the basis of using week plan, and deeply integrate time management with browser behavior. The team is proud to recommend their original cogitorama plug-in, which allows users to instantly record and manage their own fragmented ideas.
Contrary to popular trends, week plan is a highly invasive time management tool that requires users to establish their own time management frameworks based on the schemas it provides. It tries to go beyond the basic idea that the product R & D user needs are paramount, instead it uses the entire product life to convey the excellent scientific time management philosophy and assume the responsibility of educating users. For users with weak self-discipline or beginner time management, week plan can teach them how to arrange their own plans and have the potential to become a responsible leader.
Because of this, the week plan product is too popular, has some problems with the detailed experience, and has great functional requirements. For customers who already have a mature efficiency solution, week plans may gradually become a burden of their work. Some details are too complicated and cumbersome, and the experience is not good enough. Instead, week plans are not perfect at the most basic level of a product.
Week Plan currently has more than 0.1 million registered users. Currently, it is only available on the PC end. It is available in the free and advanced versions. The latter is charged for $7 a month, adding sub-tasks, data downloads, and zapier connectivity functions. The team will launch mobile applications in the future.
If you are interested, you can go to the official website to test the free version. After registration, you will be given a 15-day trial of the advanced version.
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