About Mike Hicks

Over 20 years of experience hiring, training, mentoring and managing Product Management, Engineering and CloudOps teams. Scaled the Intelex Product organization from 5 to over 100 employees. Focused on driving product quality and efficiency through continual process improvement. My teams are highly motivated and engaged, delivering successful and on time projects typically through Agile development practices. Our workplace is an open, inclusive, collaborative and fun environment that allows employees to thrive. The Intelex team and culture has been recognized with many leadership and technology awards.

Meeting Management or Meeting Madness? (ie., I Don’t Want to Zoom and Take Me Off Your Teams)

Meeting Management Best Practices
Why meeting management needs to be top-of-mind for managers and employees.

I’ve been a remote worker for nearly 3 years. When I first started, I was one of only four team members who was remote. I frequently was excluded from meetings. Not because my input wasn’t wanted or needed, but because people would forget to dial me/us in. To say it was frustrating is an understatement; infuriating might be closer to the truth.

I now refer to that time as “the good old days.”

Fast-forward to 2020 and everyone at my company works remotely. Microsoft Teams and Zoom have become ubiquitous. Those 5-minute “chats” beside someone’s desk or at the coffee machine have turned into 30-minute meetings. We’ve scheduled multiple full-day meetings via Zoom and I have one word for those: Brutal.

I know I’m not alone in feeling like I’m spending much more time meeting and much less time … Read more...