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No More Pointless Meetings: Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work

PM World Book Review

pmwj15-oct2013-lee-BOOK IMAGEBook Title: No More Pointless Meetings:  Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work
Author:  Martin Murphy
Publisher:  AMACOM          List Price:   US$17.95
Format:  soft cover; 240 pages
Publication Date:   2013     ISBN:  978-0-8144-3168-9
Reviewer:      Elaine Lee, PMP®
Review Date:              August, 2013

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Introduction to the Book

No More Pointless Meetings introduces concepts to improve the process of having meetings.  The author, Michael Murphy shares tools and techniques for having a meaningful discussion and showing participants how to use creativity before evaluation.  The book has some excellent feedback for product development or strategic planning for a company.  The book is presented from a facilitator viewpoint and guides the reader through team exercises.  The sessions include an issue management session, innovation session, problem solving and on-going planning.

The author shares experiences working in product development in the candy manufacture and also reflection on the cosmetic industry where managers had become reactionary, crises managers.   Through individual reflection and team discussions, the facilitator of the sessions leads the team through exercises to explore their opportunities for improvement. The author gives feedback on how to present the exercises effectively in tone and pace.  If you have been looking for feedback on how to lead a group in problem solving, this book will address your questions.  There is a focus to stay objective as a facilitator for the process and not participate in the discussion.

Overview of Book’s Structure

No More Pointless Meetings is developed by each chapter discussing a different type of session. Chapters 2 – 5 discuss Issues Management Session, Innovation Session, Problem Solving Session, and the Ongoing planning process.  Chapters 6 and 7 give direction on one to one sessions and self (solo) sessions.  The author, Michael Murphy also provides a meeting flow summary in Chapter 8, Making it Happen.

The chapters are presented so that you are observing a case study and how the discussion points are carried out.  It is detailed in content giving recommendations for the size of teams, how much time is allocated and effective managing the communications flow of the meeting. 

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About the Reviewer

flag-usapmwj15-oct2013-lee-AUTHOR IMAGEElaine Lee, PMP®

North Texas, USA 

Elaine Lee, PMP® is a professional in the telecommunications industry with a BBA in Management from Texas Woman’s University.  Elaine is a past president for the Dallas Trinity Rotary club.  Elaine is an active in Toastmasters International where she has achieved the education levels of Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) and Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB).  She has placed second in the Metro Division Table Topics contest in 2011. Elaine is a member of Dallas PMI chapter. She can be contacted at www.linkedin.com/in/elaineflee/ 

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