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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Friday August 12, 2005
11:07 AM

I don't need to be "on the call"

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How do you think it would go over if I started refusing to attend any meetings at work without a clear agenda spelling out what is to take place?

In general, I just never need to be "on a call." People need to ask me questions, and occasionally I need to ask questions, which best takes place in private phone calls or email.

Thankfully I don't have to attend a lot of meetings, but those that do are often just a complete waste!

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  • If you just said, "No, I'm not going".

    Let us know how that works out!
  • I end up in meetings all of the time at my job. In the past, I would attend in person and would end up day-dreaming the meeting away. Now, I have found that I can call-in to the meetings and stay at my desk and be just as effective. If it is a meeting that I'm only present for occasional questions, I typically just put on the headset and hit the mute button. When a question comes up, the meeting leaders have learned to say my name so that it gets my attention and then ask the question... I end up with t
    • Right on, the headset and mute button rule.

      Of course, sometime we have to say "John, you're talking to your mute button" to someone of whom we've asked a question.

      And even better, we techies can IM each other during the meeting to get the facts straight during the meeting -- both as a back-channel of those in the meeting and as a lifeline from those in to those out but with the real info.

      And of course, at my desk with headset, I have full access to my email log, server status, google, and intranet se

      # I had a sig when sigs were cool
      use Sig;
  • them: There's a Foo meeting tomorrow.
    self: What's the agenda ?
        them: There isn't one.
        self: Then I guess we can cancel or reschedule to a later time.
        them: It's Bar and Baz.
        self: Do you need me for Bar or Baz?
            them: I guess not.
            self: Well, have a great meeting then!
            them: Yes, fo