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Weekly Meetings

By js7 ·
Each week we have a meeting were each software developer discusses what they did the previous week. It turns into a fairly boring meeting and we would like to find a way to spruce this up a bit. We have both technical and non-technical participants involoved in the meeting. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Implement GDSS

by chaitanya In reply to Weekly Meetings


Implement GDSS(Group Discussion Support System).


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by bmaresc In reply to Implement GDSS


Do you have practical experiences with GDSS ?


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A little "competition"

by leewc In reply to Weekly Meetings

Instead of limiting your accomplishments to what is directed from the top down, expand the view by evoking one or two short term goals from each worker bee. The next week see who met their self-stated target and how. No target should stay on the board more than 2 weeks. This hopefully will energize a little friendly competition and collaboration.

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Weekly Meetings

by jcallahantx In reply to Weekly Meetings

Vary the venue of the meeting - try off-site once in a while.
Assign different members to chair the meeting or sponsor the meeting with a theme.
Skip a week.

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by anton.starling In reply to Weekly Meetings

One thing I have learnt with cross functional meetings: Never invite resource that may not be needed, rather have them on standby. They will not get bored, and they can be productive elswhere until you may need them. Secondly, try to rotate the chairperson every meeting to provide different challenges and leadership development.

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Involve end users

by jlquiroz In reply to Weekly Meetings

End users always have requests for improving or adding new options to applications. Distribute the requests to the developers and make them show the results they've accomplish during the next meeting. This will create a little competition.

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Remove all chairs from the room.

by pricem In reply to Weekly Meetings

Just once, remove the chairs from the meeting room and force everyone to stand.

The meeting will move quickly. It won't be boring.

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Did that, they just stretch out on the carpet

by GNX In reply to Remove all chairs from th ...

We tried that but alot of people just stretched out on the carpet. The boss loves meetings and talking big words. So short of duct taping his mouth shut, we get 2+ hour meetings every Friday morning at 9 am sharp. At least they serve breakfast. Gotta go get ready for Friday's big meeting. Wake me up around 10:30.

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by doug.newton In reply to Weekly Meetings

I used to be the manager of a group of six developers and we had a meeting every Monday morning to say (not discuss) what we did the previous week and planned to do the coming week. The entire meeting was limited to 15 minutes total (we would actually set an alarm) and we found it very useful. The key thing is to enter the meeting with the right mindset. The meeting is not primarily to share information, or even for planning. It is primarily to plan to plan, i.e. to make a list of items that need to be addressed in the coming week, possibly by other meetings. Afterwards, I as the manager would arrange any followup meetings, each with only the people that would need to be there. That made all the meetings much more efficient and productive.

At that same company we had a weekly managers meeting with the president (a micro-manager to the max) that was an example of how not to do things. The meeting consistently lasted 2-3 hours and we discussed every issue in detail. That was a huge waste of time because for any given issue most of the attendees were not involved.

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Define why you are meeting

by jdclyde In reply to Weekly Meetings

Need to have a clear purpose for meeting, as well as have an agenda printed up.

If the organizer can't answer the following, you shouldn't be having the meetings.

1) Why are we here
2) Why this often (do events change that much?)
3) What is the VALUE to the company
4) What would happen if there were half as many meetings?

I am now down to two meetings a month.

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