Effective Meetings

Helpful explanation of why this exists: http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html and http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-08-26/

This encapsulates what successful meetings should be and what kind of meetings we should attend.

  • Meetings should always have an agenda
  • That agenda should be no longer than 10 points
  • Its okay to have 15 min meetings.
  • Meetings should be avoided at all costs when they can be. E.g. Someone calls a meeting to get status from you on a given thing. Just answer the status question before the meeting and save everyone time. Better yet, have that information always available in an automatic way.
  • Meetings should be rejected if there is > 10 people involved.
  • Meetings should never happen over lunch.
  • If you don’t know what the meeting is for or if it is profitable, reject it.

The goal is to drive at focus, accuracy, and maximizing people’s time. This assumes then:

  • People will get “out of their chair” and get stuff done proactively.
  • People will communicate outside of meetings.
  • Don’t wait for a meeting to get something done. Do it now!
  • If you need an answer, go ask that person, if they don’t know, ask who knows, if they don’t know who knows, keep asking others until you figure it out.

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