Meeting Unwaste Calculator

As programmers, we like to give in to the cliché of meetings as a waste of time and money. There are even a few meeting waste calculators around online.

We tend to confuse coding - the appearance of more lines in the editor - with progress. Thus we are hostile to any interruptions, meetings included, that break our imaginary progress.

But remember the last time you worked on a feature for a week, only to discover later it was unneeded? Or a small misunderstanding causing a bug that took a few days to find and fix? Meetings, or any other forms of discussion, can help to avoid building the wrong thing, which is a lot more expensive than the meeting itself.

Use the meeting unwaste calculator below to see how much money meetings save you!

minutes of meeting
Per-person averages:
K yearly salary, in units of your choice
% chance of something getting clarified
days until discovering that the wrong thing is built
(-) Meeting cost: ? U
(+) Work saved by not building the wrong thing: ? U
Meeting profitability: ? U

Exercise I: Consider why, if meetings are profitable, are we not just having meetings all day long?

Exercise II: Try to find the conditions where the meeting is a zero-profit activity.