Stop wasting people’s time: Run a solid (product) meeting

Most meetings are useless. It is not because the core concept of people getting together to discuss ideas and make decisions is flawed. But rather because most meetings are bloated (too many attendees), unfocused (unclear what the expected output is) and poor forums for decision making (result of the prior two factors). Those meetings slow progress. Slowed progress kills morale. Axe them.

If you do need to have a meeting, there are rules you can follow to make it a positive force for progress:

1) If there is no decision to be made, you don’t need the meeting. Just send an email with an information update.*

2) A decision should be the goal of the meeting, the agenda should cover the necessary agenda topics to reach the decisions. The goal and agenda must be stated in advance so...

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