On Meetings

Starting to work out where I’m going to go with the blog – mostly business
stuff (yawn!) with other subjects sprinkled in (I’m working on one essay about
how poorly the gate room in Stargate:SG-1  is designed…)

One collection of notes I’m going to write up are about meetings – it sounds
pretty dry, and it probably is, but I’m getting frustrated with the need for
some basic education and ettiquette regarding how meetings are held. There was a
lot of focus on management and meeting style in the 80s and 90s, but as far as I
can tell we don’t do that any more. So to paraphrase Jerry Garcia: “Somebody has
to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it’s going to be
me.”

So the topics I’m looking at (and suggestions & feedback are welcome,
from the two of you reading this):

  • Scheduling meetings
  • Agendas
  • The why of meetings
  • Mandatory attendance
  • Executive briefings
    • PowerPoint vs. Q&A
    • Laptops open
    • Stadiums
    • Keynotes
  • PowerPoint and meetings
    • Executive review
    • Planning
    • The “Demo” slide
    • Timing

Most of these will be generally a business type discussion, but where
appropriate I’ll also talk about the tools you can use to help.

Visio 2010, Document properties, and 0×80004005 errors

Finally nailed this down. If you’re a big fan of using document properties in Windows Explorer to manage files, you may have found yourself frustrated by Visio in the past. On a Vista or Windows 7 64-bit computer, if you try to edit the document properties for a .vsd file (either in the properties dialog, or by editing in Explorer), you’ll get “Error 0×80004005: Unspecified Error.”

If you search the web, you’ll find a lot of people having this problem, a few half-hearted answers, but no real solution.

It looks like there’s a problem with the Visio interface on x64 Windows – this has been documented by the product team, and hopefully we’ll see a patch courtesy of Windows Update in the future. But for the time being, there’s no fix. Sad smile

Philo