The 22 Minute Meeting

After looking at my calendar, I noticed I’m booked solid this Friday.  From the moment I arrive until I leave for the weekend, I’ll be in meeting after meeting.  Do you think this time could be spent doing more productive things?  At present, only one of the meetings has an agenda.  I actually have something to do with that meeting so kudos to my colleague on that one. If she’s out, I’ll be running the meeting.  As for the other two, if there isn’t an agenda, it’s going to be an example of Parkinson’s Law (Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion).  If you suffer from this regular time suck, also known as a meeting, please enjoy the 6 minute video.  I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

As mentioned in the video, here is a link to the 22 Minute Meeting Poster. I’m not going to take credit for finding this video. I was commenting on Mark Suster’s blog and found it in the comments.  (Mark was explaining the right way to cancel a meeting.)

What I like about the idea of a 22 minute meeting is it would work, regardless of the project approach.
Are you using Agile, Waterfall, or Spiral? It doesn’t matter!  Are you the vendor or customer?  It doesn’t matter!

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About Derek Huether

I'm an Enterprise Agile Coach at LeadingAgile. I have a goal to take the hand waving out of Agile, Kanban, & Scrum. I’m a strange combination of a little OCD, a little ADHD, a lot of grit, and a lot of drive. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)