BMC has posted some of his thoughts on meetings. I used to work with BMC, and meetings never did seem to get in our way.
BMC's four rules for meeting attendence:
- If someone hasn't spoken in the last 10 minutes at a meeting, then they shouldn't be there.
- If one person speaks more than 80% of the time, then it is a presentation rather than a meeting. Use email or voice mail to distribute the information.
- If there are more than 5-10 people at the meeting then it is a presentation. see (2)
- Meeting frequency (just like Shannons Sampling Theorem for sampling frequency) needs to be adjusted according to the schedule, risks of a project.