‘I can’t get that proposal to you until tomorrow ... I’m in meetings all day today.’
It is no wonder that meetings have earned a bad reputation in the corporate world. They are often seen as non-productive time-wasters that stop employees from getting their real work done. Which is reasonably due to the fact that, most of the time, meetings are time-wasters.
The meetings themselves are not actually the problem. In fact, the graph from Alistair Cockburn41, shown in Figure 15, identifies face-to-face discussion as one of the most effective forms of communication.
So, the problem is not with the use of face-to-face ...