Status meeting can be really boring. Actually they are normally a waste of time. I have been to many long status meetings where the manager drags everyone through everyone else’s tasks, task by excruciating task. As some people say: Status is for Reporting not Meeting.
On the other hand, as we are working as a team it is important that each member know where the team stands, so that we can work better. The sales team must know if a promised feature will be implemented or not. So when I asked the team if we can do away with the status meeting, I got a big: “No, we need it.”
I have also noticed that some people like to show how much they did, so when asked what is the status, they just go on and on about all the micro-tasks that they managed to do. It has taken me some time to reach my current thoughts (together with my coach) on how to spice up this meeting, and we are still experimenting with it, but here is my current take.
Explain your dilemmas, go beyond the normal “done/not done” status.
So when we talk about statuses, each member says if it is done/not done. (If it is not done, the group should have known about it already). Now we talk about one dilemma, here come the juicy part, the interesting part. The team learns from this story, how we make decisions, what challenge we have overcome, what breakthroughs we are making, and this gives a lot of insight into our processes. Remember we have no tolerance for excuses, as those don’t help at all, so the dilemmas are always about solving our challenges.
I have tried many different ways, currently this way changes the status meeting from a waste of time to priceless. How do you make your status meeting priceless?