The Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group took a look at One-on-One meetings in February. I promised the group that I would publish my suggested agenda for a one-on-one as well some pointers to further reading. Here it is.

Here is a suggested agenda:

  • How are things going personally?
  • How are things going at work?
  • Action Item Report: Manager
  • Action Item Report: Report
  • Feedback (+ and/or -)
  • Annual Review Goals
  • Personalized News (down-flow)
  • Anything Else?
  • Action Items for Next Time

Here are some links for further reading and listening:

Manager Tools. Mark Horstman and Michael Auzenne do a good podcast series on management, and one-on-ones are one of the four parts of their management trinity (Their name not mine!). Here is link to some of their stuff related to one-on-ones, including a template that takes a different approach than I do.

Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
I am lucky enough to know Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby, the authors of this book. There is some good stuff about one-on-ones in here.

How to Have Great One-on-ones, Leaders as Chief Conversation Facilitators

David Carlton on One-on-Ones.

Ed Gibbs talks about his experience using one-on-ones.

Details on the first agenda item.



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