16 September 2021

Daily stand-up meeting

Daily stand-up meeting definition

  • A stand-up meeting (or simply « stand-up ») is a meeting with attendees typically standing.

Daily stand-up meeting purpose

  • Some software development methodologies envisage daily team-meetings to provide status updates to team members.
    • The « semi-real-time » status allows participants to know about potential challenges as well as to coordinate efforts to resolve difficult and/or time-consuming issues.
    • The stand-up has particular value in Agile software development processes.

Daily stand-up meeting time-box

  • The discomfort of standing for long periods is intended to keep the meetings short.
    • The Daily Scrum is a 15-minute event for the Developers of the Agile Team.
    • The length of a daily stand-up meeting is time-boxed at 15 minutes, it doesn’t change with the length of a Sprint.

Scrum daily stand-up vs Kanban daily stand-up

  • Scrum-style daily stand-ups (Daily Scrum) may involve asking and answering three questions, though it may not be practical to limit all discussion to these three questions, the goal is to stick as closely as possible to these questions :
    • what did I accomplish yesterday?
    • What will I do today?
    • What obstacles are impeding my progress?
  • Whereas Kanban-style daily stand-ups focus more on :

Daily stand-up meeting practice

  • The meeting usually takes place at the same time and place every working day.
  • All team members are encouraged to attend, but the meetings are not postponed if some of the team members are not present.
  • One of the crucial features is that the meeting is intended as a communication vehicle for team members and not as a status update to management or to other stakeholders.
    • Although it is sometimes referred to as a type of status meeting, the structure of the meeting is meant to promote follow-up conversation, as well as to identify issues before they become too problematic.
    • The practice also promotes closer working relationships in its frequency, need for follow-up conversations and short structure, which in turn result in a higher rate of knowledge transfer – a much more active intention than the typical status meeting.
    • Team members take turns speaking, sometimes passing along a token to indicate the current person allowed to speak.
    • Each member talks about progress since the last stand-up, the anticipated work until the next stand-up and any impediments, taking the opportunity to ask for help.
    • Team members may sometimes ask for short clarifications and make brief statements, such as « Let’s talk about this more after the meeting », but the stand-up does not usually cons

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