Let’s Have a Meeting to Discuss the Implications of this Graph

Brian Shaler - Meetings vs. Productivity

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38 Responses to “Let’s Have a Meeting to Discuss the Implications of this Graph”

  1. Dycacian Says:

    The best one is when you are asked to go to a status meeting for a project where you know nothing about the status..

  2. JC Lennon Says:

    I want this posted on my wall!

  3. bldngnerd Says:

    Lets have a meeting to discuss the upcoming meeting about the meeting on the graph that you have posted.

    Surely we cannot have such a hasty meeting without proper preparation!

  4. Restless Says:

    Maybe a good idea but who would produce all the graphs?
    If productivity fails, nothing gets done or made. Therefore energy requirements are quashed.

    No energy expenditure less carbon emission.

    Have the meeting — cool the globe


  5. Michele (stussy girl) Says:

    This is the best crappy graph I have ever seen :)

  6. jus Says:

    Very nice. Very true. Would be nice to wear a t-shirt with that graph while attending yet another irrelevant meeting :-)

  7. Janice Says:

    Confused about the axes!! X is the time and what’s Y ? Does it mean to have a 2 hours meeting at 8 o’ clock and no meeting at 9 ‘o clock? Cool .. talking for 2 hours in 60 minutes … Yes, seems that graphes proofes somewhat about time-dilatation …

  8. Big Eclispe Says:

    Meetings suck! Productivity suffers as a result. Nice work.

  9. Brian Says:

    Janice, the axes are rough guidelines, as this is far from scientific.

    The blue line is time (x) vs total accumulated time (y).. So when the line is horizontal, there’s no meeting taking place. I probably should have focused more on making the diagonal lines exactly 1:1, though.

    The red line is more theoretical, with the y-axis representing the current level of productivity — perhaps a percentage of the total possible productivity?

  10. Adam Nollmeyer Says:

    This chart does not account for the amount of good that may happen in some occasional meetings.

    We now need a graph/ graphs to display…

    A) Productivity lost because of lack of direction.
    B) Amount of direction created thru results of having meetings.

    How much work needs to be re-done because it was not clear of the direction, because we didn’t have meetings??

    Adam Nollmeyer
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  11. Chris Says:

    Another crappy graph. Jeeze ;-)

  12. Rachel Says:

    Cool. ;)

  13. Nathanael B Says:

    Ha ha what a crappy graph! Well done :-)

  14. Sara Says:

    Ahh, yes. This is exactly what it’s like working for the Absent-Minded CFO.

  15. Doug Says:

    Brilliant! I want the shirt!

  16. Joe K of Beyond Fallen Says:

    Let’s have a meeting to follow-up on the last meeting and to discuss the future meetings. We’ll then schedule a follow-up meeting.

    I love it when I have a meeting with my boss but can never get a moment to discuss the real details of any project.

    Why have we come to this point that we need to have a meeting for every little thing? I guess it’s not proper any more to simply walk up to a co-worker’s desk and ask a question? Seems that would solve a lot of productivity issues.

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