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Working meetings have a charming characteristic. You know when they’re done. When the decision has been reached, there is no further need to meet. Before it’s been reached, the meeting is not yet complete.

Same idea backwards: If you can say definitively what group action terminates the meeting, then it’s a working meeting. If you can’t, it isn’t.

If you apply this test to the next meeting you attend, you’ll almost certainly conclude it isn’t a working meeting. It isn’t because no result of the group interaction ends the meeting. What ends the meeting is the clock. It’s 10 A.M., so the mee...


Cover of Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition


Let's all try to do this check: What ends the meeting?

a) the clock
b) a decision or action

Whenever a) is your answer, you just wasted your time!