Daily Standup

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

delivery-deliver loop position

No. People

2+

Time

15 minutes

Difficulty

moderate

Participants

Product Owner, Team Members

What is it?

  • 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 use it?

  • 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

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.

Further materials

A Daily Standup music alert playlist on YouTube

IBM Daily Stand up

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