How a startup co-founder created his "People Brain" + a No Code business orchestration platform
Just a few weeks in and we are now already over 270 No Code Operators strong! Since sending the first newsletter, I have heard your enthusiasm for the launch of this community loud and clear. So,I'm thrilled to announce that applications for the official No Code Ops community will open via the next newsletter on Thursday, February 11th. Stay tuned for details!
In the meantime, I'm also pumped to announce an upcoming Youtube collab with one of my favorite No Coders, Romy Misra. The new series is titled "This Old Process." Think of it as a cross between a home renovation show and No Code Ops process improvement. We will work with guests to understand one of their manual and/or broken business processes, then provide insight on how to streamline and automate. Of course, the last clip will be a showcase of the finished product. Interested in being a guest on the show and getting some free consulting in return?
Can you describe the problem you aimed to solve with No Code?
I needed to build a system to track all tasks, projects, groups, accounts, dates, checklists, etc all in one place. It had to be built with No Code but also be built to be dynamic and flexible.
Tell us about the solution.
I've built something I call the People Brain and it's an Airtable base that is a CRM/Trello/Github/Monday.com hybrid of all of my favorite bits and pieces from over the years.
The idea is that every time a new task needs to be done (whether it's QA, a phone call, an idea, follow-up etc) it goes into the base. I think of all of these things as "cards" and even the biggest, most complex things really just boil down into one card. The system is broken into Airtable tables like: People, Cards, Accounts, Resources, Support etc. The only required tables are People and Cards.
You can have whatever tables you need for your own projects but every Card needs a person attached to it (but not necessarily the other way around). We use Airtable Automations to send messages directly to Slack based on important attributes to us like status, dates, etc. These can be customized by anyone in their own base of course. I've been using Airtable for a number of years now and I've refined and iterated on this design over the years.
At a high level, the system keeps the entire organization aware of what's going on with specific matters. All without leaving Slack. Teammates can even opt in to a weekly report (these go into a [Draft] state and act like our Inbox). We use various apps like Search (for people and cards). One other thing is that, as you know, Airtable makes the use cases pretty much unlimited. I remember building this type of thing for another business a few years ago and I needed multiple Zaps, Google forms, and webhooks to make everything work correctly.
Airtable, Zapier, Slack (and more to come)
What was the most challenging part of implementation?
Not knowing where to start (or finish). It's so easy to build on that it requires much discipline to not just add things for the sake of it.
Return on investment or wins generated thus far?
In various ways, it saves me probably 10 hours a week. 40 hours a month. That's a big impact.
Advice to other No Code Operators looking to implement a similar solution?
Design and build with purpose. This is probably the 100th Airtable base I have made - each one better than the last. Stick with it, and remember that this community is only getting started!
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Are you an ambitious and entrepreneurial person with a true maker mentality who wants to join a fast-growing, global company, with huge potential and great learning opportunities?
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What you will do
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Build and maintain tools for all teams to help them work more efficiently and automate manual processes using software such as Bubble, Airtable, Zapier, and Integromat.
Build and maintain integrations between internal tools using workflow automation solutions such as Zapier and Integromat.
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What you have done
2-3 years workflow automation tool experience and/or visual development experience.
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Worked extensively with tools such as Zapier, Bubble, Integromat, and other No-code or automation platforms.
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