Talk, type, read, review

Today I learned about T2R2 meetings:

How to do T2R2 – Talk, type, read, review!?

Once you’ve posed a question, or started a new topic or agenda item, you ask participants to talk, type, read and review in sequence.

Talk – Invite participants to have a short discussion. Give them the opportunity to clarify the topic, build shared understanding, and get their collective brains in gear.

Type – Next, everyone should respond to the topic in a shared space (jamboard, doc, sheet, slide etc) Private space can work too, but then there needs to be some kind of report back mechanism.

Read – Give people time to read silently, or ask volunteers to read out responses. Encourage questions to clarify or elaborate what’s been shared.

Review – Given what’s been shared, prepare for what’s next, or summarize, cluster around key themes, or identify items to put into action, or decisions to make.


So for example, say your team is trying to figure out how to lessen the amount of unplanned work.

  • Talk (10 minutes): Explain the goal, ask questions, agree on the constraints and assumptions.
  • Type (15 minutes): Have everyone silently type their ideas and concerns in a Google doc.
  • Read (10 minutes): Silently read everyone else’s responses and add inline questions/comments.
  • Review (15 minutes): Identify the common themes and get alignment around an experiment.

Boom, in and out in 50 minutes with an experiment. And as a bonus, the meeting is self documenting.

I love this idea for slow processors like myself because writing is thinking. I can’t wait to try it.

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