Beth St. Paul is a long-time PGi meetings expert, coming to the world's leading expert in virtual meetings from popular TV network, NBC. Today, she is PGi's Director, eCommerce & Video Services.
Stand Up Meetings are a simple concept. The idea was for reoccurring meetings to have short, focused meetings to allow each participant to update team members quickly and efficiently. Jack Welch, long time CEO of GE, was known to walk the halls of GE’s offices and manufacturing locations and have Stand-Up Meetings with executives and frontline workers alike. These Stand Up Meetings kept us all on our toes, shortened gatherings to 10-minute meetings and saved us all a lot of time (and frustration).
If you are working on an ongoing project with other team members, here are some quick tips to unlock the secrets to a 10-minute meeting:
Pre-arrange a recurring time which works for the whole team.
Make sure each team member has a clear list of agenda items to review in advance.
Literally have your meeting standing up. Not only does this help keep the meeting brief and focused, it will give you a bit of exercise.
If there are issues which cannot be resolved in the standup meeting, either extend the meeting or agree to set another time to meet and discuss that issue.
Always set a strict amount of time for the Stand Up Meeting, generally not more than 15 – 20 minutes.
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