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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 Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. 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)

3 Responses to “The 22 Minute Meeting”

  1. May 17, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I must be lucky due to the fact that the meetings that are run around here very closely resemble the 22-minute meeting process. Agendas and required meeting materials are sent out beforehand, and the meeting involves accomplishing goals instead of having the reading materials narrated back to us. I’m lucky now, but that hasn’t always been the case in previous jobs.

  2. May 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I must be lucky due to the fact that the meetings that are run around here very closely resemble the 22-minute meeting process. Agendas and required meeting materials are sent out beforehand, and the meeting involves accomplishing goals instead of having the reading materials narrated back to us. I’m lucky now, but that hasn’t always been the case in previous jobs.

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