Friday, 9 May 2008

Definition of a Committee

A Committee takes minutes and wastes hours.

That is pretty often my definition of a meeting. Take the one I was obliged to attend this morning. There were ten people attending (with additional apologies). It went on for over two hours. There was nothing that I learnt that I a) needed to know or b) didn't know already. And not even a biscuit to keep body and soul together.

Interestingly at the end of the meeting the date and location of the next meeting was being discussed. When an alternative location (one of the other consultants offices) was suggested the Client vetoed it with "No, too far to travel". There was a pause and then the Architect pointed out "At least you get biscuits in our offices", to which the Client replied "Why do you think I've been coming there for the last ten years".