Problem solving is a hard problem. If problem solving was easy then we would all have flying cars by now, would never catch a cold and would not have to spend endless hours in meetings.
There are a lot of different techniques for problem solving. For example this article I wrote includes 60 different problem solving techniques for programmers. What are the underlying forces behind these techniques? How can we group these techniques to find the principles as to why they work?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could always have productive meetings? Meetings were actions were assigned and then completed. Meetings where decisions were actually made with a minimum of fuss and effort. Wouldn’t that be nice.
The Six Rules of Productive Meetings
Must have an agenda
Start & finish on time
Switch off phones
Decision making involving more than one person almost inevitably requires a meeting to discuss the decision, proposal and selected option. So this post is a list of various meeting types to collect them into one place for later study. I’ll probably add to this list as I think of new types, so bookmark it and check back later.
Can you think of any that I have missed? Would love to hear about your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
This section describes meetings by the period by which they occur. Which isn’t to say that other meeting can’t occur at a regular interval but there seems to be something a little different by the daily/weekly/monthly cycle.
Daily Meetings, Stand-up Meetings. Notices, News, what people are going to work on today, quick coordination of tasks.
Weekly Meetings. Weekly status reports, actions, short term resource planning, risk review
Monthly Meetings. Review the previous month particularly any monthly reports. Plan tasks for the coming month.
Quarterly Meetings. Reports and Tasks with more of a strategic focus.
Annual Meetings. Often become kick-off meetings
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In the last blog post I talked about how I was looking for an Internet orientated, web research, decision analysis tool because I hated copying and pasting into Excel spreadsheets. In this blog I’m going to outline some of the features that I think such a tool should have. However before I do that I had better explain what has been implemented so far and is currently available over at www.the-decision-wall.com.