Past Meetup

Productivity Tools & Workflows

This Meetup is past

16 people went

Price: $5.00 /per person

Grand Circus

1570 Woodward Avenue · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, on Woodward, South of Witherell, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Location image of event venue


What better time than the beginning of the year to get organized? For our January meetup, members will share some of their favorite methods, tips, and applications for streamlining their workflow.

Whether you're a designer, business owner, developer, project manager, or digital marketer, you can always use productivity tips to keep your projects running smoothly.

Interested in sharing your favorite tip? Comment below and we'll add you to the agenda.

Agenda for this Meetup

(Order Subject to change)

6:30pm: Welcome and intro to group
6:30pm: Learn about Grand Circus
6:40pm: Announcements
6:50pm: Get Started, Get Motivated and Make Progress: Anthony Montalbano
7:00pm: Talk #1 Q & A
7:05pm: Manage your time and invoicing with Harvest: Deborah Edwards-Onoro
7:15pm: Talk #2 Q & A
7:20pm: Task Management with Trello: Eric Malcolm
7:35pm: Talk #3 Q & A
7:40pm: Pomodoro: Amit Rathi
7:55pm: Talk #4 Q & A
8:10pm: End and thanks to the sponsors
8:15pm: Begin networking
8:30pm: Time to go

Host: Eric Malcolm, Deborah Edwards-Onoro, and Randy Walker

Sponsor: A2 Hosting ( & Grand Circus (

Talk #1 - Get Started, Get Motivated and Make Progress

Presented by Anthony Montalbano

It can be difficult to just get started and make an idea a reality. Anthony will share a few quick tips and methods for how to execute on your idea and ways to better hold yourself accountable. Let's stop dreaming and start doing.

Anthony Montalbano is the cofounder of AMBR Detroit. He’s led multiple events in Detroit (previously WordCamp Detroit for 3 years) as well as spoke at many other tech/startup related events. He’s taught development courses at Grand Circus, startup courses for Windsor Small Business Centre and helped mentor startup companies through Bizdom. Anthony won the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship award from MiQuest.

Talk #2 - How to better manage your time and invoicing with Harvest
Presented by Deborah Edwards-Onoro (

Harvest ( is an online application that simplifies time tracking and invoicing. It provides powerful reporting, real-time access to tracking time, and fast invoicing and payment.

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a web developer, WordPress consultant/trainer, user experience professional, accessibility advocate, and co-organizer of the Metro Detroit WordPress group.

Talk #3 - Task Management with Trello

Presented by Eric Malcolm

Trello ( is an online task management application that uses boards (lists of lists), filled with cards to organize projects of any size as well as life.

Designer and Developer of aesthetically pleasing, semantic, human-friendly, usable and accessible websites, interfaces, apps and more. Well-versed in a numerous aspects of the web and co-organizer of the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group.

Talk #4 - Pomodoro-ish

Presented by Amit Rathi (

Recently adapted Pomodoro method into my workflow. After using it for a couple weeks, I realized the traditional approach didn’t work with my current job & day-to-day flow. I will be going over the traditional approach of Pomodoro, and how i adapted it into something that works with my day-to-day flow.

Currently working at AMBR Detroit, for almost 2 years now, as a full stack developer. Majority of my recent experience is in using WordPress as a framework to build powerful websites and applications.

Volunteer List:

Set Up / Greeting - Jason Boes

Notes / Blog Post -

Photography - Jason Boes

We need volunteers... for photography, taking/publishing notes on our blog, greeting people when they arrive, setting up, and tweeting.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this, or any meetup, just let the host of the meetup know. You will get in the meetup you help at for free if you volunteer, we appreciate the help.

Parking and Venue information

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower (, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor. Turn left when you get off the elevator, then turn right and look for the signs directing you to the room.

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event). There's also limited free street parking on the streets.

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF) (

Note: with the M-1 rail construction downtown, it will be challenging to maneuver downtown streets and find street parking. Stay current on the construction by visiting the M-1 construction page (

Please note that if there are less than 10 people registered, we'll cancel event and notify everyone by Sunday before meetup.

Everyone wanting to attend the meetup must register online. No walk-ins.