How to run a horrible design meeting

 

  • Establish no clear leader(s) of the meeting who's responsible for the planning, agenda, moderation, and outcome
  • Have extroverted, more senior men speak 90% of the time (this is a symptom of the first bullet)
  • Change the agenda mid meeting
  • Have the most vocal, opinionated people be the ones who know the least about the problem
  • Have those vocal, opinionated people come up with a "good" solution based on their own personal needs and desires (not because of user interviews or data)
  • Go into the meeting with high level business decisions unresolved so the scope and long term vision of the solution is up in the air
  • Invite ten people to the meeting
  • Spend an hour on taxonomy with those ten people
  • Make the meeting is 9-5 for an entire week
  • Do multiple brainstorming, sketching, and KJ post-it exercises with no clear follow up/resulting action plan