*denise – don’t read this! it’s not exactly a spoiler, but i don’t want you to read any portion of the this and have the book “ruined”
for everyone else 🙂 : the problem of the 2 hour weekly meeting is solved in a variety of ways, in fact 4 ways. without going into all the different types of meetings that one could have, i would like to talk about one model, the daily check-in, although i don’t like the title, it seems to “gotcha” so i would rename it. that aside, it is simple easy and powerful. in a team of 5 a time would be designated where they meet for 5 minutes, 1 minute for each team member. each team member has 1 minute to share what they will be working on that day, perhaps just the 2 or 3 items that are most pressing and at the top of their stack. it would be a nice time to see everyone each day, we would be in touch with what each of us are working on, it wouldn’t take much time and it would help to build a stronger, closer, and more cohesive team. if some team members aren’t available, you meet with who is. the beauty is the simplicity – we don’t need to know EVERYTHING that is one your plate, just what is most pressing. if someone was looking for you or wanting to know what was going on in the team all of us would know just from that 5 minute conversation. so what about the detractors from the theory? is 5 minutes too long? do you not want to share what you’re working on? are you uncomfortable sharing with the team what you have on your plate for some reason? the answers to those questions may or may not throw up some flags that you might want to look into. i’m not advocating it (yet?), but i see the beauty in such time spent.