Why do we do it? Why do we allow ourselves to be scheduled to the point where all we do it meet? What is it about us that doesn’t stand up and say “No!”. Better yet, why don’t we say “Hell No!”. I am an Agile bigot, and I believe in collaboration. You can over do it. I have seen examples of north of 20 people being invited to a project meeting with only one developer who actually does work. What are they thinking? Why doesn’t somebody question the meeting organizer? Are they worried someone’s feelings will be hurt?
I find myself migrating toward Meeting Hell in my new job. Everyone wants you to attend their meeting, and you want to go to learn as much as you can about the organization. You show up, and there sit 6 of your teammates and 14 others, representing four layers of the organization. I can’t help but start counting the cost($) of the meeting.
Now, some meetings will require lots of people to attend. I get that. Just make sure all the people in the room add value. Try these steps:
- Make sure there is an agenda.
- Limit the meeting to the scheduled time (timebox).
- Pull up one of the many meeting clocks on the internet at the start of one of these meetings.
The meeting clock is an In-Your-Face approach and works the best. People don’t relate time to money. Start the clock at the beginning of the meeting, and see how many people start to feel uncomfortable.
Get yourself out of Meeting Hell now.
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