Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
By jimgris on Aug 03, 2009
Here`s an excellent article from Paul Graham exploring the very real distinction between how managers view meetings and how makers view meetings -- Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule. Makers, in this case, can be writers, programmers, or anyone making things for a living. Basically, managers meet so often that they split up their days into 1 hour chunks back-to-back because that fits how they think and work. But makers simply can`t function that way. Makers need more time to do their thing. They think very differently than managers, and one hour just doesn`t cut it. In fact, two or so manager-oriented meetings can destroy a maker`s entire day. And big problems come in when you mix these two styles of work. I totally agree with the article. But I would go a bit further and suggest that the best project managers are actually makers who work on a makers schedule. They still do project management, but they work their tasks with a makers mind, not a manager`s mind.