A party without cake is just a meeting, but a meeting without free pizza is no fun at all. This is why I was happy to hear that the Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has a “two pizza rule” for holding meetings.
Unfortunately, the rule is not that there must be two pizzas in attendance, but rather that Bezos won’t hold (or even go to) a meeting if two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group. It’s unclear exactly how many people Bezos thinks he can feed with two pizzas, but it’s a good way to keep the number of attendees near something reasonable, and keep everything a little more productive.
Also unclear? Whether Bezos actually brings two pizzas to a meeting. I hope he does—we know he can afford it—and it seems cruel to have all this talk of pizza and not deliver.
Update: This also seems to be Bezos favorite organizational tip, as it keeps coming up again and again , without making a huge impact. (We’ve covered it twice, and then forgot about it.) It seems that everyone loves a rule that involves pizza, but not everyone remembers it. Have you ever implemented this two-pizza rule? Did it improve your meetings for the better?
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