Everyday during a sprint in Scrum, the team holds a meeting called the “daily stand up.” These meetings are typically held in the same location and at the same time each day. Ideally, a daily stand up should be held in the morning as it helps set the context for the day’s work and is time-boxed for 15 minutes (meaning that it should not exceed 15 minutes).
During the daily stand up, each team member answers the following three questions:
1. What did you do yesterday?
2. What will you do today?
3. Are there any impediments in your way?
A few things you should note for an effective meeting:
1. This is not a status report to your manager or the Scrum Master
Don’t just look only at your manager or Scrum Master when you’re talking in the stand-up meeting but you should look at your team members so you can share with your team mates about your progress so they can understand your tasks and help out if required.
2. Stand up and not sit down
This meeting is held standing up to keep it short and ensure that the team remains energetic.
3. Stay focused
Daily stand-ups are ineffective if the team is not focused during the stand-up. Set a rule of no cell phones or laptops during the standup. Focus on good meeting etiquette – no side conversations or whispering.
4. Not to discuss issues in detail
The daily stand up can easily turn into a long dicussion if the scope isn’t set. It is for the Development Team to synchronize activities and create a plan for the the day and not to discuss an issue to find a solution.
In short, the daily stand up meeting helps everyone aware of the potential challenges so to coordinate efforts to resolve difficult and/or time-consuming issues. Stay tuned! Subscribe to our blog to get updated information about Scrum medthodology