RE: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!

Subject: RE: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: "T S" <tens00 -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Victoria Wroblewski" <victoria -dot- wroblewski -at- eagletest -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:23:38 -0600

I suppose you could gently say, "Have we discussed everything that needs
to be discussed?" - unless the meeting leader is you superior..



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From: T S [mailto:tens00 -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 1:15 PM
To: Victoria Wroblewski
Cc: Downing, David; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!



Victoria - You make a good point. In our daily scrum meetings (which are
supposed to be limited to 15 minutes), if there is an issue that needs
more discussion, it is considered a follow on meeting and only those
necessary stay. But, that is only for the scrum meetings. We have one
meeting in particular that is scheduled for one hour each week. For some
reason, the leader of the meeting feels the need to use the entire hour,
even if it's not a productive discussion. To some degree this can be
enjoyable because it gets the team "chatting" but when you are busy,
it's tough to not say anything. And, I can't use the conflicting meeting
idea because the hour has been previously blocked out.



At a former place, we actually started to enforce a formal
process in
meetings where those kinds of "45 minute discussion on an issue"
issues
would be noted and followed up on after the meeting or during a
different meeting. After about three grumble-filled document
review
meetings where there was resistance against any new process, the
grumbling stopped and everyone else started doing the same thing
in
their own meetings.

Project status meetings started taking about 10 minutes for all
the
required attendees, with 10-15 minutes of discussion with a
smaller
group. You were always welcome to stay and listen to the
discussion or
go on your merry way. Man, was that nice.

- V


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Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!: From: Downing, David
RE: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!: From: Victoria Wroblewski
Re: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!: From: T S

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