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One other point I'm surprised you missed: Meetings should not recur. As if a meeting wasn't costly enough, some folks think it's efficient to incur that same cost every week (or every day!) whether you need the meeting or not. Stories seem obligatory in this thread. So: I successfully campaigned last year to be the guy who didn't go to recurring meetings. If it wasn't worth your time to invite me to each meeting individually, how was it worth my time to attend each meeting individually? Of course, the campaign involved days' worth of talking to various folks -- covering every possible aspect of the meeting's alleged mission in detail, until everyone finally agreed they'd survive without me or invite me to individual meetings. But, the time cost of that campaign was worth it, right? Then, a few months later, someone else took over the meeting, gave it a new name, and that invalidated my exemption. Meetings are quite a beast.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2012 on Meetings: Where Work Goes to Die at Coding Horror
I always suspected you of being a good guy, Atwood. -trav
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
This planet's biological evolution is iterative A/B testing, no doubt based on a prerelease viewing of Groundhog Day, and that's worked out pretty well.
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