How to do standup meetings?

What are the characteristiccs?

  • Stand Up : Everybody stands up, nobody sits down.
  • 15 or less: Short session; max. 15min, if possible even shorter
  • Token : Only the one holding the token speaks, and (s)he speaks towards the whole group.
  • Offline : It isn’t a problem-solving meeting. So issues will be handled -offline- when it become too detailled. Meaning that they will be addressed after the meeting with only the affected persons involved.

What should you discuss?

  • Yesterday : What did I do yesterday
  • Today : What will I be doing today.
  • Obstacles : What’s blocking me.
  • Focus : Relevance to the backlog (general todo-list)

Which are the advantages?

  • Identify obstacles : The meeting is a tool to identify problems, not to solve them. During the meeting people can indicate that they can assist you with your problem. Yet the actually discussion will be handled offline.
  • Set direction and focus : A standup meeting will also help to keep everyone aligned towards the team goal. That way we won’t lose any time on less relevant things.
  • Share commitment : We commit ourselves to tasks on a daily basis. By putting them in a group, we’ll be sharing the commitment on these issues (and thus knowing the existence).
  • Communicate status : Communicating status is secondary to the identification of problems. Yet it’s a big factor that the key points of everyone’s daily task is know by everyone. The communication aspect isn’t meant to communicate to management, but to the other team members.
  • Build a team : Don’t create groups, but create one team by knowing what everyone does.

For more information checkt he links on Wikipedia…

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