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Maintain Sanctity of Daily Stand-Ups: 6 Protocols to Follow

Daily stand-ups are an integral part of the agile methodology. It helps the teams to keep track the project progress and deliver the desired outcomes. However, keeping these meetings operative is not easy.

In this article at TechBeacon, Kym Gilhooly shares how daily stand-up etiquettes can help in boosting the productivity of remote or collocated project teams.

The Rulebook

Although, keeping with the flexibility of agile, daily stand-ups do not have a lot of rules. But even a few are utmost essential to follow. Avoid these mistakes to make your daily stand-up a big success:

  1. No Late Comers: Daily stand-ups are successful only when the team members are prompt. Not being punctual is the biggest hindrance. As the meeting stands for not more than 15 minutes, a late arrival is a big NO.
  2. No Sitting Down: The term ‘stand-up’ was used in a bid to make it a quick run through the daily task and work progress updates. When the team members sit down, they get complacent and lose the sole purpose of the stand-up updates.
  3. Rambling on: To ensure the success of daily stand-ups, each team member must prepare to briefly answer ‘outcome of yesterday’s task list, today’s to-do list, and if any hurdles faced in achieving it. These three points give the team a meaningful structure and may help the team resolve any unforeseen issues in advance.
  4. Attentive Listening: Never ignore what the other team members are talking about as you prepare to speak. Ignorance towards the peer group’s thoughts will lose the meaning of stand-ups. The meeting is to help others by gathering thoughts to resolve prospective issues.
  5. Letting One Lead: A key principle of agile methodology is to develop self-directed teams. Make sure everyone attending the meeting must get an opportunity to speak for themselves to bring better outcomes.
  6. Call Each Other Out: Sometimes, people avoid mentioning their issues during the stand-up. If an individual is facing issues in finishing a task or being hesitant to seek support, it will hamper the end result. Therefore, it is best to call out for help in the meeting and not shy away from sharing concerns.

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