Some time ago I read an interesting article about agile methodology made by an engineering lead at Spotify. As we know, agile is a tool which should suit needs of a team. The author of the article has run a six-month experiment and has reduced number of meetings in his agile team.
He has introduced, let's call it "minimal meeting" rule which covers:
- No stand-ups
- No planning at regular intervals
- No retros
- All meetings are optional
The article describes the author's motivation which was standing behind his decision, so I don't like to repeat his arguments. You can read it of our own.
"Minimal meeting" rule is too extreme for me because I'm working in teams which are located in offices across various locations. In my opinion, enforcing team members to communicate with each other is essential in daily work, and I can't imagine such a free approach to team meetings.
On the other hand, this experiment is an excellent example of how agile the Agile methodology is and how it could be adapted to current team needs.
I'm extremely curious what is your opinion. Do you think will the "minimal meeting" rule work in your teams? Would you like to perform such an experiment in your organizations?