Behind the Scenes at Diet Doctor: Our Two-Month Plan

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Here’s a rare behind-the-scenes at Diet Doctor post.

We recently met up for our monthly planning days in Karlstad, Sweden. Want to know what we discussed and decided?

Goals

The planning days have two primary goals: first, to decide what to do next, and second, to improve our team by discussing our company purpose, hiring, culture, and so forth.

Preparations and agenda

To achieve these goals we prepare and have a clear agenda. This time all of us answered the following questions before we arrived:

1. What one new thing would make you use the membership every week?
2. What one improvement would you to make to our Low-Carb Guides and Recipes ?
3. What should be our three priorities for next month?

Here’s the agenda for the three days:

Monday:

  • Before 17:00: Preparation for Karlstad Days and individual work
  • 17:00 – 18:00: Discuss progress and what we can learn (Andreas)
  • 18:00 – 20:00: Dinner (by Kristin at her and Andreas’ house)

Tuesday:

  • Before 09:00: Individual work
  • 09:00 – 09:15: Introduction, and suggestions from the last Karlstad Days (Andreas)
    • Status Diet Doctor
    • Suggestions: 1) Use Parking Lot, 2) Have a “Focus Role”, 3) Speak up if frustrated
  • 09:15 – 10:45: Product Ideas (Bjarte)
    • What one new thing would make you use the membership every week?
    • What one improvement would you love us to make to our Guides and Recipe section?
    • What other new things should we consider doing and stop doing?
  • 10:45 – 11:00: Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Decide our top three priorities and what to get done next month 1/3 (Andreas)

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Break

  • 13:00 – 14:30: Decide our top three priorities and what to get done next month, 2/3 (Andreas)
  • 14:30 – 14:45: Break
  • 14:45 – 16:00: Purpose and Blog (Andreas)
    • Discuss our purpose
    • Discuss how to improve our blog, social media, and newsletters
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Individual work
  • 17:00 – 20:00: Dinner (Low-Carb Pizza by Bjarte) and social stuff at the office

Wednesday:

  • Before 09:00: Individual work
  • 09:00 – 10:30: Decide our top three priorities and what to get done for next month, 3/3 (Andreas)
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Break
  • 10:45 – 12:15: How to Build a Great Company (Bjarte)
    • Hire: Who should were hire, where and how? How do we find them?
    • Work: Where should we work? What would you love to do more and less of?
    • Trust: What are you afraid of? What Diet Doctor failure can you share with us?

12:15 – 13:00: Lunch Break: Leftovers at the office

  • 13:00 – 14:00: Open, unplanned session. What do you want to talk about? (Bjarte). Examples:
    • Talk with Andreas or other team members about “smaller” things
    • Wild ideas!
    • Navigation…
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Individual work
  • 15:00 – 15:15: How can we improve our Karlstad days? (Bjarte)
  • After 15:15: Individual work

The planning days are intense

Our monthly planning days are intense. Some of us often start working before 06:00am and from 9am to 5pm we have team discussions.

After 5pm we do some individual work before building the team through dinner and conversations. Around 9 or 10pm we fall asleep and then do the same the next day.

Our plan for the next two months

Here’s a screenshot from Trello (the tool we use for setting priorities) showing what we aim to get done by August 15th:

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As you can see, we have three priorities for the next two months:

1) Massively improve the membership,
2) Keto (meaning creating great ketosis related content), and
3) Improve recipes.

The items below each of these three priorities is what we aim to get done by the 15th of August. These are stretch goals and we won’t be able to complete all of them, but we’re going to work as hard as we can to get as much as possible done.

What do you think we should do next?

We’re trying our best to figure out how to make low carb simple for you guys, but what’s actually important to you?

Please let us know so that we can faster empower you to revolutionize your health.

More behind the scenes

Do you want to know more about what’s happening behind the scenes at Diet Doctor? Tell us what you want to know and we’ll try to write about it.

In the meantime, here are some previous behind the scenes posts:

How Can We Make the Membership Insanely Great?

Behind the Scenes at Diet Doctor

We’ve Passed 15,000 Members!

18 Comments

  1. Justyna
    Impressive - thank you for the update! Looking forward to the new content.
  2. Pat, RN
    I think you could research corporate involvement/partners. I know the large corporate entity work for is looking for community partners related to wellness. The advantage realized would be international availability of content, Nearly every client I see is in need of diet/wellness teaching. My interactions are limited because clients are in the middle of their workday, I always teach that diet, especially blood sugar/insulin control is necessary for long term health. I refer to your web site, explain 1st month free and that comprehensive teaching is less than Weight Watchers fees, if they choose to join.
  3. Melinda
    PLEASE make sure all VIDEOS are CLOSED CAPTIONED!!!!!! I find many videos are not closed captioned and it is not worth paying membership for this. I am highly motivated to change my life style. PLEASE consider for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Thank you!
    Replies: #8, #9
  4. Jennifer
    The one thing you can continue to do is avoid any type of corporate sponsorship or outside funding. I trust DietDoctor.com BECAUSE you are solely member-funded. Please (please) remain true to this core value. Thanks for what everyone on the Diet Doctor team is doing!
    Reply: #10
  5. Donna
    If it were my company I would create a dietdoctor app. I like my fitness pal app and use it daily. If I could use a dietdoctor app I believe I would use your site more often. I would also hire team members from countries I would most like to attract to my site. What might make sense to people in Sweden might not in other parts of the world. Good luck.
  6. Carole
    PLEASE include ALL nutritional data for each recipe. While I understand that you are trying to lead people away from the outdated notion of CICO, there are some of us who need all the information so we can track nutrients for reasons other than weight loss. Thank you for your outstanding website.
  7. Alan
    Thanks to everyone at DietDoctor for all your hard work as always. Great to see you're all nice and busy :-) Personally I love watching all the interviews and videos and try my best to promote your site to others who are new to the idea of LCHF. One of the barriers I regularly come across is that people consider the site as biased (without realising that everyone on this site has this view due to a mixture of scientific papers and large amounts of anecdotal evidence). Even though LCHF works great for me (4 years now and trimmer than ever!) I find myself searching online for conflicting interviews out of interest. Whilst I find it's usually just militant, angry vegans, I did watch a great debate last night from 2013 which had Prof. Colin Campbell and Dr. Eric Westman on the panel. I would love to see more of this kind of debate / rebuttal as I think LCHF has more than enough backing these days and can happily stand it's ground thanks to modern papers and clinical research. I think this kind of debate could help answer many questions that others might have who are new to this lifestyle. Thanks again and keep up the good work!
  8. Valerie
    Closed captioning is also great for non-anglophones.
  9. PLEASE make sure all VIDEOS are CLOSED CAPTIONED!!!!!!

    We're adding closed captions to all new videos right away, and we're in the process of working our way back, adding closed captions to older videos too.

  10. The one thing you can continue to do is avoid any type of corporate sponsorship or outside funding. I trust DietDoctor.com BECAUSE you are solely member-funded. Please (please) remain true to this core value.

    As trustworthiness is our number one value we'll do everything we can to avoid sponsorships or outside funding. I'm confident we can do it and still grow rapidly, enabling us to do more and more good in the world.

  11. Nancy
    I would like to be able to print out a small handout to give to my doctors to hook their interest in using LCHF for their patients with metabolic syndrome.

    After watching Dr. Niman I'm thinking information on exercise would be good.

    How about empowering people to spread the DietDoctor message? Choose or make a video that you want seen by tens of thousands of people. Encourage people to show the video at their local community center, church, senior citizen center, etc. Have a handout available with FAQ's and strong wording about checking with your own doctor especially if you are on meds. All people can be referred back to the DietDoctor website to start the two week challenge!

    Reply: #12
  12. Justyna
    Nancy,

    I had exactly the same thoughts! Let's spread the word.

    A leaflet would be great for that purpose. I would love to leave it it my local GP practice, nursing home, gym, dentist, pharmacy, butchers, greengrocers... everywhere!
    I would like everyone to know that there's diet making them healthier and happier.

  13. Barbs
    I'd like to be able to go to my account page and find out where are the comments I've made. I've asked some questions at different times but can't always remember where I made them. Most sites allow you to find your own posts easily.
  14. Bev
    I still want to see a latest comments facility for the membership section.........
  15. ANTHONY
    I think a yearly convention of the Diet Doctor membership family would be a great idea. Ideally it could be located in a different place each year. This would increase the sense of communal ownership and purpose. It may also spark O/S interest and even media attention. A win/win with respect to expanding the message and being inclusive to members.
  16. Donna
    I would also like to see an app! And more articles instead of all videos. Thanks
  17. Em
    The recipes on the site with the different categories and search options are really fantastic.
    If you would consider an app, I vote for a recipe app where I can save my favorites and maybe even save recipes adapted to the number of people in my household.
  18. Patricia
    The recipes are delicious and seems like a one size fits all. I would like to see a breakdown in macros. All of us have different protein needs according to weight and height.

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