Overheard: Word of the Day

Apr 11 2014   8:11PM GMT

Word of the Day: two pizza rule

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Word of the Day

The two pizza rule is a guideline for limiting the number of attendees at a meeting.According to the rule, a meeting should never have so many attendees that they could not all be fed with two pizzas. Generally, this limits the number of attendees at a meeting to less than eight.

Quote of the Day
“The ideal size of a meeting is two people. If your meeting has more than eight people it is no longer a meeting, it is a concert.” — Auren Hoffman

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What type of server is enclosed in a wide, flat rectangular chassis?
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b. lasagna server
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    The same probably goes for a lot of email messages/threads, no?
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  • Margaret Rouse
    You mean keeping the recipient list to less than 8 as well?  
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    Yes - obviously not the case for every message, but often the more people you add to a thread, the less you get the engagement that you want. Either the conversation will get taken in different directions, or, more likely, the crowd effect can lead many to assume they're not expected to respond (kind of the same as Auren Hoffman's "concert" quote above). Smaller, more targeted conversations are usually more effective in my experience.  
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