Agile Software Development

Perennial Daily Stand-Up Best Practices

The daily stand-up might be the simplest component of scrum. That makes it easy to incorporate, but also easy to abuse. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy shares some straightforward best practices to get the most out of these quick meetings.

Stand Tall

At the heart of every stand-up is the three basic questions: What did you do yesterday? What are you working on today? And are there impediments to your completing your work? Conversation should always revolve around these questions and answers. Cut out the rest of the fat, and on the same note, cut out any multitasking you might try to do too. The stand-up is not the time to be catching up on email on your phone. The stand-up is the time to be… standing up, and listening.

To fall into the best groove with your team, you should aim to have the stand-up at the same time every day. Ideally, the time chosen will accommodate the whole team, including anyone who might be working remotely. Whatever time you ultimately choose, make sure the whole team abides by it and shows up on time:

If the session is only 15 minutes long, and you start 5 minutes late, then you’ve added 33% more time to the meeting. And if the meeting is only 10 minutes long, and you start 5 minutes late, you’ve added 50% more time!

Starting late sets the wrong tone for the meeting. You want to show that you respect the team’s time, and they also should respect one another’s time by being punctual. Agile takes discipline. Pay attention to the small things. These can make a big difference in the message you send about how you expect to perform.

If there are technical issues that must be discussed, or if there are generally just topics that the whole team does not need to be there for, then save that talk for a post-meeting that immediately follows the stand-up. This frees up non-essential team members to get back to work, and it makes for a better, leaner stand-up.

For more tips, you can view the original post here: http://projectbliss.net/daily-scrum-meeting-best-practices/

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