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madhuri madhuri
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how far are lunch meetings necessary?
I personally feel its a waste of time to spend almost like an hour and a half for discussing a small issue which takes about 15 mins when discussed in a conference room.
Post your comments on the same.... !!


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Anupam Sinha
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You forgot the free lunch. But yeah in case you have to attend a lot of those meeting that may get boring.

Probably someday I would also attending such meetings.
madhuri madhuri
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The meetings i go to, every body buys their own lunch and sit and talk a lot about the food they are eating rather than discussing the issue for which we are there.
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I sense that you don't much enjoy spending time with your co-workers...


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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
I sense that you don't much enjoy spending time with your co-workers...


No, just her former Gateway co-workers.

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madhuri madhuri
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:


No, just her former Gateway co-workers.

Mark


Nothing of that sort Mark. Well, it was the same when we had the all-hands meet for almost 4 hours on every 3rd wednesday. What is your take on it Mark?

Well, if we are having loads of work to do and aggressive deadlines to chase, there is no point in having gala time eating lunch.
madhuri madhuri
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Adding to the furstration, we are not paid Over Time
madhuri madhuri
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Adding to the furstration, we are not paid Over Time
John Smith
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I am with you madhuri. For one thing, it totally blows my mind that while they are trying hard to make us look and think "corporate", they encourage us to talk with our mouths full. That's not how my mother taught me to present myself in a group of people.
Ajith Kallambella
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My personal conviction is that meetings are a general waste of time, if the same results can be( in most cases they can be) achieved through other methods of collaboration such as email, discussion database etc. Meetings are most effective when (there is food, of course ), agenda is published before hand, moderated by a dedicated resource and materials reviewed beforehand. We all know how often this happens

But I like lunch meetings. Lunch, more than the meeting that is.
Christophe Verré
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I understand your feelings, as I had meetings every morning in the previous company I was working for. The boss was there, always angry, endlessly talking. It wasted the whole morning, although we (programmers) were all very busy. It was like starting working after lunch...


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Sameer Jamal
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Originally posted by Ajith Kallambella:
My personal conviction is that meetings are a general waste of time, if the same results can be( in most cases they can be) achieved through other methods of collaboration such as email, discussion database etc. Meetings are most effective when (there is food, of course ), agenda is published before hand, moderated by a dedicated resource and materials reviewed beforehand. We all know how often this happens

But I like lunch meetings. Lunch, more than the meeting that is.


I second that, I really hate meetings. Meetings are for those bunch of morons who want to offload their mouth when there is nothing special to be done.
[ April 04, 2006: Message edited by: Sameer Jamal ]
Pradeep bhatt
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We have one hour meeting everyday.


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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Satou kurinosuke:
I had meetings every morning in the previous company I was working for.

Originally posted by Pradip Bhat:
We have one hour meeting everyday.

Blimey. Scheduled meetings every day?

I can understand having meetings every day if they are specifically to solve a particular task - for example two programmers uncover a problem and decide to have a quick meeting to discuss it, but to schedule a meeting for every day regardless of what is happening seems a bit excessive. Unless of course its a company where situations change every day to the extent that meetings are needed to keep everyone up to date, but that must be quite rare. Perhaps it is a sign of poor management/communication etc.

I wonder if the number of team meetings depends upon the size of the team. Does a bigger team require more meetings because of the larger number of things happening with it, or is a smaller team's ability to more efficiently have quick team meetings make them more viable?

Where I am we have a weekly team meeting, but also several spontaneous meetings between smaller groups of people during the week for discussing specific issues. Seems just about the correct balance to me - enough to keep everyone up to date, but not too much to encourage jumping out of the windows.

As for lunch time meetings, its fairly clear to me that scheduling a meeting during the lunch time, and therefore stopping our daily poker game, should be considered a crime against humanity and result in immediate capital punishment. Unless there are mitigating circumstances such as large quantities of free food and/or beer.


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Pradeep bhatt
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Scheduled meetings every day?


Yes.Previously the team had 2 meetings per day but after couple of guys joined (me included)we managed to reduce it to 1/day. People who don't do coding/testing are the ones who are on time for the meetings and talk a lot.
Bo Yyempeti
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My previous employer used to invite prospective clients out to "breakfast meetings"
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Pradip Bhat:
People who don't do coding/testing are the ones who are on time for the meetings and talk a lot.
Do you find that much useful (to anyone) is achieved in these meetings?
Chetan Parekh
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Well if you go to lunch meeting for lunch � you will really enjoy the meeting.


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Sameer Jamal
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Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:
Well if you go to lunch meeting for lunch � you will really enjoy the meeting.


Or we can say as we are heading for lunch and nothing special to do so just have a meeting.

[ April 07, 2006: Message edited by: Sameer Jamal ]
Pradeep bhatt
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
Do you find that much useful (to anyone) is achieved in these meetings?


Noy sure about others. It is useless to me and one more guy.
 
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