Jour fixe

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A regular meeting [ ʒuːɐ̯ fiks ] ( fr. Fixed day , Pl. : Jours fixes [ ʒuːɐ̯ fiks ]) is a fixed and agreed in a small group of people who regularly recurring appointment ( usually date ), for example, "every second Thursday of the month" . In the world of work, a meeting is usually held on this regular date .


The incorrect spelling “Jour fix” is widespread in German. However, the French word “fixe” is always written with an e at the end.

Jour fixe is a sham Gallicism . There is no term in French for a jour fixe in the sense of a regular working meeting; it can only be described as “ réunion de travail régulière ” or something similar.


The term comes from the social life of the 18th century. Households that particularly enjoyed company set a certain day of the month or week on which everyone could come to visit without being invited - as was otherwise mandatory for events at the time. The custom was widespread in art-loving circles: artists were invited to enjoy their performances and to build up the reputation of a patron among friends . A well-attended and established jour fixe, known for being entertaining, was of exceptional renown . The term jour fixe is still used today for public event series, for example lecture series.

“On the afternoons when a woman was not receiving guests, she was expected to visit herself. One of the woman's duties was to maintain the family's contacts and acquaintances, which were often extremely varied - George Vanier's mother had one hundred and forty-eight names on her visiting list. [...] Three or four times a year you made courtesy visits to people with whom you tried to maintain contact without wanting to deepen it [...] You owed a formal visit to your superiors once a year [...] They were the ones if you wanted to visit, not at home, you handed the servant or the concierge your card, which, depending on the fashion, was either creased in one corner or folded lengthways. A folded or folded card indicated that you had auditioned in person; a smooth card that a servant or a messenger had given it [...] 'Visits by card', still considered impolite around 1830, now enjoyed enormous popularity. "

- Philippe Ariès , Georges Duby : From Revolution to Great War

Project management

The custom has been adopted in project management as a date on which all those involved do not set other dates, but which is reserved for group-internal coordination. On this date, for example, the project status is compared in project teams, consulting organizations and the like, problem situations are discussed and the next steps are planned. With a regular time interval, the jour fixe offers a good opportunity to bring employees who otherwise work at different locations or who for other reasons hardly have the opportunity to exchange ideas to the same level of knowledge regarding current processes. Furthermore, the long-term scheduling ensures that everyone involved is also present.

See also


  • Philippe Ariès: From Revolution to Great War . In: Georges Duby (ed.): History of private life . tape 4 . Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt / M 1999, ISBN 3-8289-0733-4 , pp. 214–215 (Original title: De la révolution à la Grande Guerre .).