Does anyone actually enjoy break-out groups? It's a serious question.
From the article: "Break-out groups are intended to break up the monotony of a long meeting and get people talking to each other on key topics. These are worthy goals; break-out groups are just lousy at realizing them.
"What could work better? I think time slots devoted to mini 'unconferences'would. ... At an unconference time slots and meeting rooms are predetermined, but nothing else is. Using whiteboards or sticky notes, people propose sessions that they want to lead / facilitate, and also decide (by looking at the whiteboards or sticky notes) which ones they want to attend."