As I was researching how different teams run daily stand-ups, I ran across Jason Yip's description of how he uses music to gather the team. This is not the first time I've that come across techniques that use songs for meetings.
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Topics: release announcement
Recently we suggested The Stand-Up as a way to run status meetings with remote teams. Of the four formats we listed, the stand-up is probably the most popular, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood meetings around.
Today we’ll take a deeper look at the stand-up and the common-but-wrong ideas you may have heard about them. For anyone considering stand-ups for their team, and for those that tried stand-ups but never felt confident about how they worked, this article is for you.
Recently we received this question from a Lucid Meetings customer.
What have you found to be the best way to track meeting deliverables and analyze efficiency / value added during meetings?
This is a great question; one that every group should ask themselves. So, we thought it would be valuable to share our answers with everyone here.
Wow, that’s a big question, so here’s a big answer!
Before we get into the specific, let me say up-front that it definitely depends on the kind of projects you run and how meeting-savvy your team is, and we’re always available to meet with people who’d like to talk through their situation.
With that said, here are some general pointers below - hopefully it’s a helpful start!
Most teams run status meetings because they always have. Because someone told them to. Because that’s what they did in their last job. Because the client asked for them.
Just because that’s what you do.
The result? Almost 50 percent of respondents in a recent poll said they would rather go to the DMV or watch paint dry than sit in a status meeting.
The bookshelves in the Lucid Meetings main office are jam-packed with business books, technical references, Esther Gokhale’s fabulous 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back (posture, people!), and TONS and tons of books about meetings.
Many of which we’ve actually read, some that we aspire to read more deeply, all of which we’ve skimmed, and a handful that we keep dog-eared on the desk.
Should you wish to grace your workplace with some fabulous meeting-related reading, take a look at our list of top reads below. And if you’re in a book-buying mood, you’ll find handy links to all the recommendations here: The Better Meetings Book List on Amazon
Sometimes you find something simple, delightful, and easy, and you just run with it. Today, that means a new lightweight integration that makes it possible for you to launch simple video conferencing from appear.in for your next Lucid meeting.
I was reading the Founder’s Cabin newsletter from Josh Pigford at Baremetrics, where he mentioned how much his team enjoyed using appear.in for their team meetings. We’re always looking for great online communication technology to integrate, and we’ve been watching the evolution of WebRTC support with high hopes.
When I saw that appear.in was:
- Had a documented way to integrate with them, and
- Didn’t require any special login or an email address from a giant internet company (ahem),
We contacted the team and asked about using appear.in with Lucid Meetings.
They said go for it, so we did.
Sometimes in a new software release, we’ll change a few things here and there. It’s like when you spruce up the kitchen with some new hand towels and a vase of fresh flowers. Other times, though, the change is more dramatic: out come the nappy old formica counters and that dull back wall, and you’ve got a full fledged gourmet kitchen remodel on your hands.
The latest Lucid release is like that remodel. New look, new features, much easier to move around, and so much more enjoyable to work in!
Topics: release announcement
Why Work Remotely?
There are some real benefits to working remotely, and if you value them (like we do), then maybe the time has come to approach your boss about the idea.
One big reason employees choose to work from home is so they don't have to commute. A drive (or metro, bus, bike) into work each morning can sometimes put you into a negative frame of mind - especially extra heavy traffic, ice or snow on your car, a construction detour, or heaven forbid, an endo on your bike, for all you bike-friendly city readers (you know it happens).
Another reason for telecommuting is schedule flexibility. If you have kids and they need to be shuffled to and from school, or your aging parents need a trip to the doctor, or even if the day is so completely beautiful and you just need a few hours to get some precious vitamin D, you can usually do all of the above when you work remotely. This isn’t to say that you are skipping out on the work that needs to be done, you would just be shuffling it to a more productive time to achieve the same results.
*Updated May 8*
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“How can I stop people from multi-tasking during my meetings?”
It’s one of the most common questions we hear, and for good reason. Studies show that that 69% of attendees in your virtual meetings are actually working on something else.* Heck, some of them could even be taking a nap.