Every retrospective I do on every project seems to include the conclusion that “we need less meetings, less emails and more communication”.
In fact SCRUM and agile approaches even try to define the bare minimum number of meetings that are needed and only have them (Actually one of my friends claims that they have removed all the meetings – “In agile we don’t have meetings, we only have workshops. Meetings are discussions and Workshops produce something tangible each time”).
Yet the reality seems to remain that meetings (or workshops, or gatherings, or war councils) often end up getting in the way of doing the real work:
So what would you do if you had to look at the return on investment of each meeting? Would they actually stack up from the point of view of making money for shareholders, making life easier for the crew or improving the experience for our customers?