I know it’s not sexy to pay attention to making meetings run better. It’s more fun to dig into tools and technology. But the truth is that an teams and companies waste an enormous amount of time in poorly run meetings.
But, we need to pay attention to the basic stuff, or we won’t have a sound foundation to do the fun stuff. It’s about disciplined execution.
There’s a class of issues that seem to come up for new retrospective leaders (and new meeting facilitators in general). You can read about them (and what to do instead) here: Five Tips for Retrospective Leaders and Meeting Moderators.