In this meeting about meetings, Michael will explain why meetings are unjustifiably hated. He will explain where they came from, and how they mutated into a colossal waste of time, as well as how they are ineptly wielded by those who believe they are a means of control and not a mechanism for clear communication.
Michael Lopp is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both teams and software at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, and Apple. Michael has written two books. His first book, Managing Humans, a popular guide to the art of engineering leadership, clearly explains that while you may be rewarded for what you build, you are only successful because of your people. His second book, Being Geek, is a career handbook for geeks and nerds alike. When he’s not worrying about staying relevant, he writes about pens, bridges, people, poker, and werewolves at the popular blog Rands in Repose. Michael surfs, plays hockey, mountain bikes, and drinks red wine in the redwoods of Northern California whenever he can because staying sane is more important than staying busy.
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