One of the most popular 1-on-1 meeting questions is, "So, how's the progress on X?"
Even though it sounds like a logical question to ask, you should probably avoid it.
First of all, it's often easier to go to your project management or tracking tool and check out the latest status on your own.
Secondly, it shows that you, as a manager, didn't do it, and didn't invest even a tiny amount of time into it.
And lastly, you miss an opportunity to ask more profound questions about the highlights and lowlights, about personal life, about the team culture and atmosphere, about potential career growth.
It's better to dedicate another meeting for the status updates.
You'd better review the progress that interests you before the meeting and ask questions like, "I noticed that you recently did X. Do you need any help with it? What did you learn from it? Did you consider doing Y?"
⭐️ Pro tip
: Don't turn your 1-on-1 meetings into status updates. Let your team members know that you want to talk about them, not only about the latest progress on the projects.