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Scattered Meeting Day Syndrome

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image I have observed that the most unproductive day would be to have scattered meetings all throughout the day.  

For example:


  • 9- 9:30 AM   First meeting
  • 10 – 12  Second meeting
  • <Lunch break>
  • 2 – 2:30 Another meeting
  • 3 – 4  Last meeting of the day

After the first meeting, one would rush to get a coffee to prepare for the second one. By the time you grasp the second one, the bell rings for lunch. The day continues with meetings with a break of every half an hour, and end up with a pile of “real work” by 4 PM, causing too much stress. This leads to too many meetings syndrome

This is exactly what the Agilists dislike. In fact I have heard people saying that Scrum has too many meetings!   As per various research, the task switching could cost nearly 40 percent productivity loss.

Solution

Personally, I found that blocking a chunk of a day provides me the well deserved and dedicated focus.  Have others seen this happening?   Have you experienced this?  How do you deal with this scattered meeting syndrome?



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Published at DZone with permission of Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

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