Stand-up meeting smells

After working with stand-up meetings for a while I feel that this practice acts like a thermometer for an agile team. As a constant status report, it demonstrates how most of the other practices are being applied and how good is the team communication in general.

That’s why I believe is important to be conscious about what happens during them. A stand-up meeting may hide problems if:

  • It doesn’t have an exact time to start
  • It doesn’t happen because someone is not present
  • It’s a trigger for technical discussions
  • It’s not focused on to the plan
  • It doesn’t contribute to continuous improvement
  • It’s a report for a single person, not the team
  • People don’t stay close to each other
  • It’s frequently interrupted
  • It doesn’t include the whole team
  • People don’t remember what they did on the last day
  • It’s moment where most of the problems are raised
  • It takes more than 15 minutes
  • It doesn’t happen every day
  • It doesn’t feel good

These are all simple issues which can easily be addressed. In fact, most of the items on this list are discussed on Jason Yip’s article about stand-up patterns. The most important thing is that it may as well be the a good starting point to identify and improve other aspects of a project.


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2009-06-04 05:13 +0100