DAILY STAND-UP

Daily stand-up or just stand up meeting is a popular method in agile software for team to synchronize their daily work. The team stand up to focus and keep it short because of the discomfort of standing.

This meeting is usually in the morning, on same time and same place to keep it crisp. Its also often timeboxed to around 15 minutes. To keep the meeting sharp there is also an meeting facilitator, usually the team leader, but nothing prevents the team to rotate the facilitator.

All team members are supposed to attend to the meeting and also the team leader/Scrum master. Remember that this is not a reporting meeting but a meeting for the team to plan upcoming day and help out if there is any problem.

Other outside the team is welcome to listen, but should stand out side the circle and not participate in the discussions.

Remember that this meeting is not a just a stand-up meeting. It should be a good start for the team, keep teams focus on the right thing, support improvements and communicate whats happening.

In Scrum, teams often answer this three questions one by one:

  1. What did I do yesterday?
  2. What will I do today?
  3. Are the any obstacles?

Another method is to Walk the board where the team start from right to the left on the board and talk about the tasks.

The meeting should be short and if there is questions that need to be clarified the facilitator/team decides to take it directly afterwards.

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Thanks to Jimmy Janlén for letting me use his pictures from Agile Topics Cards.

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