The three Ps

We all know meetings suck. They drag on, discussions go around in circles and actions are forgotten. I’ve yet to come across a  structure which results in a quick and impactful meeting.

Businesspeople working on laptop in an office.

I recently came across a technique used at Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator (where I’. It’s used in a meeting where resident startups provide an update to the group. I’m referring to it as the 3Ps; Progress, Pains & Plans. It’s pretty self explanatory.

  • Progress: What progress has been made on the plans you set-out at the last meeting.
  • Pains: What problems are you encountering, how are you expecting to overcome them and what can others (e.g. managers, team-mates) do to help alleviate them.
  • Plans: What are the short term i.e. not I’m working on project

The 3Ps should be no longer than 3-5min per person/team.


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