Alexis Monville (en)

New Experiment for Effective Meetings: Discovery One-on-One


Ever struggled with breaking the ice in meetings with new colleagues or clients? I’m excited to share a unique approach from our book, “I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge,” that transforms these encounters.

🎯 Introducing: Discovery One-on-One

🤔 What Is It?

This is a structured yet flexible approach to prepare and drive effective meetings with people you’re not yet familiar with.

🌟 Why Use It?

Building a strong relationship is crucial for effective collaboration. This method ensures that your first meeting lays a solid foundation for future interactions.

👣 How It Works

1️⃣ Prepare Your Board: Create a simple board with three columns: To Do, In Progress, Done.

2️⃣ Set the Agenda: Use sticky notes for each topic: Ice Breaker, Professional Background, Experience, 3 Wishes, and a wild card (???).

3️⃣ Ice Breaker: Start with light, engaging questions to ease into the meeting.

4️⃣ Share Backgrounds: Discuss your professional journeys.

5️⃣ Discuss Relevant Experiences: Tailor this part to your specific context.

6️⃣ 3 Wishes: End with a creative question about transforming work or the workplace.

7️⃣ Wild Card: Allow space for any additional topics they might want to discuss.

📝 Note: This approach is adaptable. Feel free to tailor it to suit the context of your meeting.

🔄 Why It Matters

First impressions count. A Discovery One-on-One ensures your first meeting is not just productive but also enjoyable, setting the stage for a great working relationship.

📚 Curious to learn more? This is just one of the many practices we delve into. Check out the experiment: Discovery One-on-one.

👇 Have you tried a structured approach in your one-on-ones? How did it go? Share your experiences!