Scattered Meeting Day Syndrome
- 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.
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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