Agenda-building takes a minute or two at most; I don’t think it’s worth optimizing. I’d rather focus on better use of discussion time.
+1 to this approach. It’s hard for me to have a well thought-out opinion on a topic I was just introduced to (especially if I’m taking notes). I’d rather start the discussions on Discourse, then move to a meeting if we’re having trouble resolving it (Crowdmatching dollar amounts inaccurate is probably a good candidate for this).
- To continue a discussion from Discourse, I think putting a link in the meeting etherpad works fine, no need to complicate things.
- The link is mostly for documentation, since everyone is already up to date on the discussion from reading the thread.
The other thing meetings are better for is drawing attention; voice is just better than text for conveying importance. This could be just a status update, or it could be a request for discussion — in a Discourse thread, not right away in the meeting.
- To draw people’s attention to a discussion, I would give a brief summary of the issue in the meeting, then continue async on Discourse.
- I suggest posting the Discourse thread before the meeting. This way, we can include the link in the meeting notes for anyone who didn’t attend (or needs a refresher).
@team ^^advice on bringing topics up at meetings