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New Programmer's Survival Manual by Joshua D. Carter

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Tip 24Meet Effectively
White Belt[​​White Belt] You’ll get invited to meetings from day one, so this is stuff you can use early​—​especially the bit about toilet flush timing.

Many consider meetings the bane of productivity; nowhere else can so many people waste so much time together. This isn’t entirely untrue. However, meetings are necessary, and some are even productive.

The theory behind meetings is simple: decisions need to be made, so get the right people in a room, hash out the issues, and make a decision. In terms of “communication bandwidth,” there’s nothing more effective than a face-to-face talk. Email isn’t very expressive and has high latency. ...

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