Is there any doubt out there in the business world that meetings are often terrible and useless? Some would go as far as to say that we need to stop the madness and get rid of meetings, all meetings, period.
Tobias Mayer, a friend of Agile Scout, recently posted about the fact that we need to have conversations, not necessarily meetings:
“Meeting culture has penetrated Scrum, as it must. Something so heavy and oppressive, so entrenched in our way of being will crush anything that tries to challenge its power…Let’s stop talking about meetings, and let’s stop having meetings. Nothing good ever came out of a business meeting. People in collaborative dialog though, now that’s exciting — that’s meaningful.”
It may just be time for you and your organization to look into the “value” of the meetings you are having. Whether it is the daily standup, management meetings, Scrum of Scrums, or any other meetings, it may be time to ax some of them.
Derek Huether wrote about this as well recently, in his post about saying goodbye to expensive meetings:
“I am happy to report that the meeting in question has been cancelled indefinitely. In one year alone, the cost savings is $214,848…Though the cancellation was months in the making, I commend those who finally made the difficult (but necessary) choice. It’s easy to complain about things but accept the status quo. It’s hard to ask why and then act on it appropriately.”
I believe that [some] meetings are very important to have. It’s just the nature of the beast. Regardless, I would take serious look at the real value of meetings. Maybe having a 15-minute time-boxed conversation is more valuable…
So what about Scrum meetings? Valuable or not?
[HT: Agile Anarchy]