I tend to think about meetings in general as post-mortems, as typical meetings tend to be for talking about what’s been done, and what we might do, rather than *actually doing work*. But we can change our meetings to be better.
In the slides from my keynote on Sunday, I posted some specific information about how to operate post-mortems.
The key points for conducting the meeting were:
- Set expectation for 100% participation
- Designate a note keeper & time keeper
- Everyone shares a success, failure, something to do better
- Vote anonymously on what to do next
- Communicate meeting notes out
There’s great research into each one of these items. Some of it comes from “Effective meetings” curriculum, taught by Intel University. Fast Company had a great “meeting myths” article back in 1996 that still holds true (and references Intel’s meeting culture). The bit about anonymous voting comes from research into group dynamics and how people say different things depending on who is listening and what the social pressure is to lie or tell the truth.
How do you run your post-mortems? Anything you’d add?