Not just for agile software teams anymore! Daily stand-up meetings let team members share progress and surface any blocking issues.
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Start your day with a quick status update from the team on progress since yesterday, what you're all working on today, and any blockers you've encountered.
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Running the play
Set up a calendar tickler or alarm that goes off at the same time each day. Bonus points if the alarm plays "Careless Whisper".
Clock or timer
Throwable object (optional)
Each team member shares a bit about the progress they've made since the last stand-up, their plan for the day, and whether they're blocked at all. Don't go into excruciating detail – just the highlight reel is fine. (Curious teammates can always follow up with you for a deeper dive after the meeting.)
If any team members are working remotely, fire up a call using your video chat tool-of-choice. You should totally still stand up, though.
And for all you trans-continental teams, get creative with the scheduling. While most teams prefer to hold stand-up meetings in the morning, that's not a requirement. Choose the time that works best for you.
Keep it lively by going in random order. Toss an object (a hat, a ball, a rubber chicken...) to a teammate to let them know it's their turn.
Wrap it up
Leave a couple of minutes for an open forum for additional updates on projects, etc. in the usual stand-up format.
That's the whole meeting! You're done. Wasn't that easy?
Be sure to run a full Health Monitor session or checkpoint with your team to see if you're improving.
Keep it on task
Conduct your standup around a task board and have a facilitator run through each task or issue related to your project. Discuss what needs to be done to move each issue along, whether it makes sense for someone to help out, and roughly how much work is remaining.
SHOW AND TELL
Instead of using the 10 minutes to update each other on the status of your work, use it to share tricks of the trade or that cool article you read this morning on the train. If nobody has anything to share on a given day, you can always dig into some data – how are you tracking on your OKRs? any interesting spikes in traffic to your site lately? etc.
If any blockers were raised, make sure you know who will chase them up.
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