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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, Third Edition by Tim Lister, Tom DeMarco

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31. Meetings, Monologues, and Conversations

Some organizations are so addicted to meetings that work has to take second place. They hold meetings that have little purpose and no clearly defined end-state. At the other extreme, some organizations are so fearful of the waste of meetings that they refuse to use the “M” word at all. This, too, has its downside. The middle is the only safe ground.

Neuro-sclerosis

As organizations age, meeting time increases until—in the final stages—there is time for nothing else. At least it seems that way. There are reasons why this happens, often good ones, but the effect can still be so drastically slowing that the competition can be faintly heard rejoicing in the distance. As the number of vested parties to ...

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