Daily Standup – Best practices

The daily Stand Up Meeting is a critical practice, which helps teams move towards Agility. The meeting reflects many core principles and Values of Agile (i.e. Communication, Collaboration, Transparency, Self-Organization etc). The meeting is to be done in a very short period of time and hence it is even more important that the meeting’s impact not be diluted by anti-patterns. Since the meeting is done daily, it is very easy for anti-patterns to embed themselves quickly, unless the team remains alert and takes timely corrective action.

Here is a good video about common mistakes in Daily Standup’s:

 

The three questions that should be discussed at a daily standup are:

In the daily standup meeting, start with the three questions as you normally would:

  • What did I do yesterday?
  • What will I be doing today?
  • What blocking issues do I have?

Rules for the meeting:

  • Time box. The meeting duration is 15 minutes maximum.
  • Everyone should stand (Except when someone has a physical condition that prevents him/her from doing so).
  • Dont discuss solutions. Each person just provides his/her update. Discussions are to be taken up after the meeting.
  • Clear and concise updates. Each person should stick to the questions above. Updates should be short and focused on the task at hand.
  • For the team. This meeting is for the team. Everyone on the team should attend.

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