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Daily Stand-Up

Are We Doing It Right?

4 April 2014

Sugandha Mestri
Tata Consultancy Services

Being part of an Agile team, I've found that stand-up meetings have become our daily routine. So it is very important that we extract the maximum value out of them.

By avoiding few simple things, we can establish a sound daily stand-up process, which will provide a great foundation for all of the Agile practices we are using with our team.

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Current rating: 3.8 (5 ratings)


Lalita Chandel, CSP,CSM, 4/14/2014 3:54:55 AM
very good graphical representation to describe the essential meaning of Daily Stand ups !
David Lowe, CSP,CSM, 4/14/2014 4:36:34 PM
Good way to highlight common errors (although not sure about the "missing important updates" as all other points seem to point to this, and some teams do make stand-ups work with electronic boards).
Sugandha Mestri, CSM, 4/22/2014 1:29:08 AM
@Lalita Chandel: Thanks.
@David: "Missing important updates" is possible when team is trying to rush up to complete the stand up in 15 mins.
MADHU KOMMINANE, CSM, 4/22/2014 5:45:31 AM
Good stuff, Daily stand-up is the first step to adopt Agile.

Zhang Zhiwu, CSM, 5/4/2014 4:30:19 AM
This is great. And a nice graph.
Sugandha Mestri, CSM, 5/5/2014 2:01:25 AM
Thanks Madhu and Zhang
Gayathri Narayanan, CSM, 5/8/2014 7:00:20 AM
Good stuff
Vishal Gupta, CSM, 5/13/2014 5:37:27 AM
nice graphical
Marjorie Blanco, CSM,CSPO, 5/19/2014 11:14:56 PM
Simple and to the point. Great visual that can be used by scrum team as reminder of what to avoid to ensure a productive daily scrum.
Sugandha Mestri, CSM, 5/21/2014 5:17:05 AM
Thanks Gayathri, Vishal & Marjorie!
Muthaiya Nallalam Parasuraman, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 6/24/2014 10:10:50 AM
Its a nice list of don'ts.

But, why is it important to stand , during a stand up ?

Actually , the latest Jira dashboard comes with quite nice features that is better than a physical board.

PO should be optional, depending on the team and nature of the project.
A PO should not get influenced by the impediments of the team.
This can create conflict of interest. Anyway we are not going to refine backlog in DS ,
so PO should be available rest of the day to the team. But in the DS, is upto the team.

Please correct me where I am wrong.
Sugandha Mestri, CSM, 6/25/2014 3:58:19 AM
Thanks, Muthaiya.

I feel standing is important in daily scrums. Reason being its timeboxing. If discussion in daily scrum is dragging beyond 15 mins, its difficult to stand that long. It is actually to ensure that lengthy technical discussions/debates kept out of this meeting.

Visual Aids are important. If the physical board is maintained, Team can see them, read them even while walking. Their actions changes accordingly.

In my view, PO should be silent chicken in Stand-ups. Reason being he will get a first cut view on how team is progressing on the stories. If there is any change of direction is required, s/he can immediately point it out after the standup to the respective team mates.
Muthaiya Nallalam Parasuraman, CSP,CSM,CSPO, 6/26/2014 12:36:43 AM
That is an excellent value created in standing and physical board. I greatly appreciate your comment :)
Sugandha Mestri, CSM, 6/27/2014 4:25:52 AM
Thanks, Muthaiya :)
Fabrice Aimetti, CSM,CSPO, 5/5/2015 3:49:30 PM
Hello Sugandha, thank you for this nice work! I've translated it into french:
Fabrice from Bordeaux/France

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