This is the third post of the “Is Your Company Geek-Compatible” series and it is about meetings.
Meetings are a necessary evil in all companies, no doubt about that. Most techies I know don’t like meetings at all, and the reason is that most meetings are just a waste of time, in most cases. Also, it seems that the bigger a company is, the more often, longer and useless meetings become… why? well, the larger the team the harder it is so to get everyone
For example, in large corporations, it is not uncommon to find people where their solely responsibility is to have meetings about stuff, and meetings about meetings.
Meetings are a waste of time
A tremendous time is wasted in these meetings, people in positions such as software development, UI design, sales, etc… hate meetings for the most part, they know that each meeting takes away a valuable part of their time where they could be reading about a new technology, coding, designing a new UI, decompressing (playing games, social networks, etc…) , Yes, I truly believe that reading a blog post is a lot more useful and a better way to spend some time for a techie than going to a meeting!
Meetings are necessary, I agree. A meeting should be done when face to face contact is required to resolve an issue or to make sure something is well understood by all parties involved.
Fix your Meeting problem
Also, to make sure the meetings you need to have are efficient just follow these simple rules:
- Start/End on time
- Have an agenda and stay on track
- Stand-up meetings only, avoid chairs.
- Write action items
- Keep them short
Do you have any tips to make meetings useful? or do you want to share one of your many horror stories about meetings? feel free to share in the comments section below.