The builders are currently in our house, the last week they’ve been knocking down walls. And oh the dust! It’s got everywhere, no surface in the house remains without a thin layer of dust. And that is dispite their putting up plastic sheets to contain it. As the building work has progressed, there are many parallels to software development. But is there a parallel to the dust? Something unpleasant, gets in the way, chokes you and makes everyone tense and unhappy? Well come to think about it there is. Meetings. Surely meetings are the dust of software development.