Daily Standup

A short time-boxed synchronization of the team activities that occurs in a cadence determined by the team
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Matt Takane

Tim Beattie

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Published August 10, 2018
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What Is Daily Standup?

  • The main point of a daily standup (Daily Scrum) is for the team to better align towards the sprint goal Teams get together to share transparently the ongoing work and highlight roadblocks/impediments they might be facing It is a review of the things that were DONE and things we intend to get DONE. * Typically this is achieved by team members answering 3 questions

    1. What did you do yesterday?
    2. What will you do today?
    3. Do you have any blockers or impediments?

Why Do Daily Standup?

  • Provides a quick touchpoint on what is going on with the team Quick feedback on impediments and keep people honest and transparent Focus on getting things done rather than what keeps us busy * It is a reinforcement of the goal and direction the team is after and a point of recharging the team with new energy for pursuing the goal

How to do Daily Standup?

Advice

  • As mentioned above, the main point of a stand up is alignment. Be careful it doesn't drift into a status update, focus on what those around you need to know and park any conversations not relevant until the end.

Tips for Remote Working

  • Cameras on and everyone contributes. Use video conference tools. Everyone logs in separately - if a few people are co-located it can be difficult if that group is dialled in together. Use an online visual timer to keep to the 15 minute timebox for stand-up. The core agenda is:

    1. What I did yesterday
    2. What I am doing today
    3. I have blockers
  • People tend to talk more for socialisation and for status updates, for this reason leave 5 minutes more at the end for these aspects that can be more relevant being distributed Consider that the team may be distributed across multiple time zones so agree a time that is cognisant if this. Collectively create a list of topics that need to be discussed after the standup, adding to a blockers board or in the parking lot.

Further materials

A Daily Standup music alert playlist on YouTube IBM Daily Stand up

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