On 6 June 2018 at 19:07, Cooper Ry Lees email@example.com wrote:
The real time meet ups main advantage is getting decisions made faster and having the ability to be more direct answering peoples concerns, and, thus allowing us to be more efficient. I do share Pauls concerns about people being able to attend, with timezones and this organization being primarily volunteer based.
Faster decisions pretty much conflicts directly with involving everyone :-( Do we actually *have* decisions that we need to make quickly? I'm not sure on pip we ever have...
I like Ernest's idea of a sync tho. There could possibly be notes posted from those who can't attend prior and the meeting char (we could rotate) could represent and get the discussion started. We could all take turns at being the scribe and push out notes - like Sumana did for the Warehouse syncs. Then we always have a follow up async communication (e.g. like this). I've also seen that when working with a global team, offering different time zone friendly times will allow different people attend each month.
I know Warehouse did stuff like this, so maybe their experience will help getting something that works well here too. But again, it's not time zones that make IRC/chat a problem for me, it's the fact that this is a hobby/spare time activity, and reserving a block of time around work, family and other hobbies isn't easy - whereas catching up on emails can be done when it suits me.
(I don't know what other people's situations are - for me, this talk of realtime meetings, minutes, etc, feels much more like "real work" than "hobby". I get way too much of meetings in my day job...)