Housework during meetings with the camera off

New / Design SamStanley
Sep 12, 2018 19 Comments

Remote people, how acceptable do you think it is to do housework during meetings? Sometimes I’ll carry my computer around during sprint planning with the camera and mic off and do dishes/cleaning.

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  • Intel !GPTW
    Just make sure your mic is actually off. I heard one guy talked then forgot to mute again and he very clearly flushed a toilet.
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • New / IT sxDz42
    I routinely do house work, play Xbox, watch TV, mow the yard, do chores, run errands. Just get your shit done and participate and it should all pan out. I feel the time not spent commuting is the community time that is gained flexibility - so the business needs to be aware of that gained flexibility by reciprocation of availability
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Cognizant Jingbang2
    You would only do other stuff if the meeting you are in doesn't make sense. It's better to get out of such meetings, or if they don't let you then tell your are one mute and will be listening.

    Be professional and do work rather than abusing the situation. You are already benefiting a lot by WFH, and on top you want to do other stuff during work time?
    Sep 12, 2018 7
    • Cognizant Jingbang2
      Btw one of my worst former boss, calls for meetings, with video on, he will walk around and dust his home office or do other stuff. He is the most disrespected person on the team, but as he manages up well, he survives!!
      Sep 12, 2018
    • New / Design SamStanley
      OP
      The answer to both your requirements is no, but this is also not an if then situation.

      It’s not a meeting, it’s a Scrum Ceremony. (There is a healthy sardonic tone there, if this wasn’t text, you’d hear it.)

      I need to be there for the entire meeting, but my input is only valuable for the stories that I am attached to. Also, the discussion is between the engineers, with other stakeholders required to be there on a “speak when spoken to” basis. I have no control over when my stories are discussed, so I have to be there until we have made it past that point, at which time I happily and promptly escape from the meeting.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • New / Design SamStanley
      OP
      It sounds like you’re placing your opinions of your terrible boss over my situation.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • Cognizant Jingbang2
      I’m not, and let’s forget that boss situation ( I have written about him few months back), and get back to meeting.

      If this is a scrum standup, it’s being done wrong from what I see. A standup should be like < 15 mins!

      If it’s planning/sizing, it can be longer, but for dependencies you will have to pay attention to other stories.
      Sep 12, 2018
    • New / Design SamStanley
      OP
      As I stated in the initial post. It’s usually sprint planning. Standup is in fact less than ten minutes.
      Sep 12, 2018
  • New / Design SamStanley
    OP
    I’m semi-remote (2-3 days per week at my discretion) in the Boston area. My company is small, and almost our entire scrum team is remote. My compensation could be better, but I’m Product side, not engineering, so I’m effectively a second class citizen in a dev-centric organization. What I’m saying is I wouldn’t know if you’d get FAANG level money, since I’m just a Design peasant.
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft IBTingey
    It sounds like your meetings are not very useful if you don’t need to be looking at the screen or typing notes.
    Sep 12, 2018 1
    • New / Design SamStanley
      OP
      Not all of them, no.
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Apple crook
    Gosh, hope you are not taking your laptop to toilet with you.
    Sep 12, 2018 1
  • Tacky. Be professional
    Sep 12, 2018 1
    • New / Design SamStanley
      OP
      Which behavior is tacky? Be specific please.
      Sep 12, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng kerby
    If you are engaged in the meeting and not making noise, no one cares.
    Sep 12, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng R7ps9bd6
    Also, where do you work? I’m looking to make a move to a remote job, but want something close to FANG level compensation.
    Sep 12, 2018 0

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