Engineers hate meetings as well. The original post is here. The quote about breaking the day up is right on:
“When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.“
It really comes down to letting makers make and having the manager get out of the way. Good managers realize this and plan accordingly.