Spend at least 50% of your time with your team
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Roy Osherove in First Steps during chaos, Shu, meetings, schedule

To be an effective team lead, you need to actually spend time with your team. Otherwise, you won't be able to do daily stand-ups, do code reviews, or sit down and pair with a team member every once in a while.

And no, "I have too many meetings" is not a good excuse.

"But I do have too many meetings to attend each day!"

Then it's time to stand up for your team's rights  - their basic right is to have a team lead present to help solve problems and bottlenecks that the team can't figure out alone, and to have a lead that helps them learn how to overcome problems.

 

Do you know what you should do now to avoid this meeting?

Be assertive

at the very least you could take these actions about various meetings where you only need part of the time to be inside or none at all:

 

 

If they ask "But then how will I..." then you know what it is you need to deliver in terms of knowledge so as to make the meeting unneeded.

If they ask "But then how will YOU..." then you will realize that you may not need that information, or are getting it in a different way, or that you may indeed need to be in this meeting, but for a shorter  period of time.

 

 

After 30 minutes - leave the meeting. Stand up for your decisions. See what happens.

 

Article originally appeared on Elastic Leadership (http://5whys.com/).
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