Bring on the work bots.

Great thinking, Ben. I would love some bot assistance.

The checkin bot reminds me of the Google snippets bot, which emailed everyone weekly, asked what they were doing/had done, and emailed back out the digest. It was super simple — and not as interactive or fun as a chat bot could be — but it was probably the best interface for that task, both because it was super easy (except the remembering what you’d done piece) and because it came to you.

One thing I’m wondering if makes sense is bots as an interface to checklists. For example, say you have a launch checklist you want to use for new features. Such things are often tricky because not every step is required every time. Setting up and maintaining the checklist is also a pain. Can bots help?

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