Some strategies to get your daily stand-ups startedAmr Saafan
We’ve all been stuck in long, exhausting meetings with no relevant information for our roles and no contact between participants. Daily stand-ups, on the other hand, are supposed to be brief and to the point.
Here are six ways to use them to improve team collaboration and communication, align goals, remove roadblocks, and share information. In no time, you’ll be an agile champion.
1. Important questions to ask
During a stand-up, you should discuss what you did yesterday, what you want to do today, and any obstacles that may prevent you from meeting deadlines. Not only will this alert people to what you’re working on, but you’ll also be able to swiftly obtain any additional assistance, feedback, or resources needed to finish projects.
2. Try different locations
Although most stand-ups take place at the office, you can alter the location from time to time. Holding them in various locations can be motivational. If it’s a good day, for example, you may walk outside and soak up some rays. Your stand-ups will be less repetitious and uninteresting as a result.
3. Stay focused
Because you won’t have time to go through each activity you’ll be doing during the day, it’s critical to stay focused. You should try to talk about the most significant and timely duties to ensure you obtain everything you need to complete your work. At the same time, any feedback you make should be useful and relevant.
4. Organize in small groups
It’s likely that some team members didn’t get a chance to speak during the stand-up since there were too many individuals present. Seven, plus or minus two, is the perfect number for an agile team. Exceeding this limit may result in fewer valuable meetings.
Although there are some general rules, nothing is set in stone. If you’re new to the process, don’t be scared to experiment and find what works. Meeting times, places, sizes, and themes can all be adjusted over time. You’ll improve and learn as you go.
6. Use a Kanban board
Kanban boards are an excellent method to streamline and keep your stand-up meetings on track. They allow you to keep track of task status and assignees, as well as raise blockages if they emerge. Physical and virtual Kanban boards are available, allowing you to hold stand-up meetings in person or over video call.