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Reverse engineering meetings

It’s easy to feel that meetings are a waste of time.

“Too much talk, not enough action” frustrates some people.

This seems especially true when the “talk” is mostly complaints.

But I want you to reverse engineer your meeting.

Pretend the meeting is an opaque, black box system.

The visible outputs are what is said, and how things are said, and how people act.

Now ask yourself:

  1. What unseen rules could create such a meeting?
  2. What unspoken needs are being met?
  3. What invisible outcomes might be accomplished?


Your meetings aren’t broken – the system just isn’t seeking the goal you want.

But it is seeking a goal.

The outputs follow the rules and meet the needs, of those in the meeting.

You just can’t see them, yet.

But with these questions, you can.



Let me know what happens.

Stay curious,


About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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