death by meeting

14 Apr

*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 πŸ™‚ : 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.


Posted by on April 14, 2009 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “death by meeting

  1. karen vanek

    April 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Why not do this via a team twitter? Too public?
    Finding 5 minutes when everyone’s physically here might pose an inconsistency in your otherwise sound soultion to an ongoing problem within our “team” approach to getting all our jobs done.

  2. texasbuckeye

    April 14, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    i don’t think it is imperative that all members of the team are here, but whoever is here at that time meets. its funny, as big a champion i am about technology and using it to enhance our lives and our teaching, i really do like face to face interaction, i don’t want to lose the human side of what we do or how we work with others. having said that, skype has possibilities in this area as well πŸ™‚

  3. karen vanek

    April 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I too like the face to face and don’t want to lose it. However, in the vein of efficiency it seems that technology can play a supportive role.

  4. Jeri

    April 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm



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