SCRUM parking lot
In SCRUM (an agile method mostly used in software development), that is called PARKING LOT. In a 15min_limit daily meeting, if someone has an off-topic issue, it will go to a space in the white board called PARKING LOT. Iff there's time left in the end (from the 15min_limit), it will be discussed.
Originally Posted by radioman
Adding to all that's been said, note that meeting management has a part that has to do with action_management and another at least equally important part that has to do with emotional_management. Often the first won't be enough, and the second can't really be address simply during the meeting.
Also consider cultural environment: managing a meeting in Sweden is totally different from managing a meeting in Brazil or India (where all those system rules normally don't really work).
After reading around 20 books on meeting-management, I've finally found a great read on this theme that really shows some expertise beyond the obvious well-kown-impossible-to-do-best-practices: Allan Barker: How to Manage Meetings, giving proper attention to the social part of meetings. The best I found in this field so far.
Final comment: sometimes the concept of "traditional meeting" (like a weekly group status report) gets mixed with the concept of "group work session" (like when 2 or 3 people are creating a prototype or whatever). Those should be handled in a totally different way. Sometimes meetings show symptom of lack of group-work-sessions: make them happen!
Gonçalo Gil Mata