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Goals, Questions, Actions, and Decisions as products of meetings

Darenwelsh (talkcontribs)

I really liked how meetings at the 2018 Technical Conference were charged with producing 4 types of output: Goals, Questions, Actions, and Decisions. I would "be bold" and just add this to your meeting page, but in this case I figured I'd softly ask first since I don't want to disrupt your workplace products. Would this be appropriate to add and if so, where?

RobLa (talkcontribs)

I haven't had a chance to update this page since I left WMF in 2016. It doesn't look like it's changed all that much since I've left. I'd recommend being bold; someone might revert you, but I probably won't.

Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)
Darenwelsh (talkcontribs)

Ha, I saw that one and noticed it hasn't been edited in 5 years. I won't jump to volunteer on merging, though I think it would make sense.

RobLa (talkcontribs)

If I were cleaning things up, what I would do is:

  • Rename "Meeting best practices (including remote staff)" to "Good remote meetings"
  • Create a "Remote meetings" section in this article (the "Good meetings" article), which would be a summary-style link to "Good remote meetings"
  • Do whatever editing is required to make each page match up with it's title

As written, "Good meetings" is more general, and was heavily inspired by Valerie Aurora's "Meeting Skills for Inclusive Moderators" presentation (as well as many articles on the topic I had read through the years). The "Meeting best practices (including remote staff)" was inspired by many lively debates within WMF about meeting etiquette, back in the day when videoconferencing tech was even more troublesome than it is today and when hybrid conference-room/remote meetings were even more difficult to do correctly than they are today. Both pages are probably incomplete coverage of their respective topics, and both pages run the risk of being too long (and risking the "dr" part of "tl;dr"). Keeping them as separate articles focused on their respective topics would make the "Good meetings" article reasonably timeless and technology agnostic, and the "Good remote meetings" article would hopefully be a more dynamic article focused on the latest tools and tricks (..and maybe can remain more focused on WMF-specific tech)

Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Great analysis. Thanks, RobLa. :)

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"Plan for a plan": Another meeting type?

RobLa-WMF (talkcontribs)

I'm thinking about the agenda for Phab:E198, and realizing that it doesn't fit into the taxonomy given. There's yet another "pre-meeting" type which can be valuable, which has a lot in common with the "problem solving" type, which is "plan for a plan". It's basically: "we know we have a problem, but we have no idea how to even define what the problem is, let alone proposing solutions". Thoughts?

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