Five Easy Steps to Run Effective Agile Standup Meetings [#EffectiveAgile #AgileStandup #AgileStandups StandupMeeting #StandupMeetings]

Five Easy Steps to Run Effective Agile Standup Meetings [#EffectiveAgile #AgileStandup #AgileStandups StandupMeeting #StandupMeetings]

1. Keep it short
2. Do not force daily meetings
3. Do not interrupt ongoing work
4. Mix it up
5. Be on time

1. Keep it short
Software professionals thrive on short, effective standup meetings that do not interrupt their productivity.
Keep the meeting to 15 minutes or less.
Stick to the subject: What tasks are you working on and what issues do you need help with?

If further discussion is needed, meet with team members after the Agile standup.
Do not hold the whole team hostage while you discuss your unique challenges.
Talk about those issues with only the relevant team members or schedule a meeting for later in the day.

2. Do not force daily meetings
Many Agile teams hold their standups daily, but they do not have to.
How often to run an Agile standup meeting is a big part of how to do it well.
Define an Agile meeting schedule according to what works best for the team.

If a daily Scrum wastes the team’s time, change the meeting frequency.
Perhaps 2 or 3 Agile standups per week will prove more efficient.
Less time spent in meetings means less interruption to each team member’s workday.

3. Do not interrupt ongoing work
The typical standup happens early in the morning — often it is the first item on the calendar. However, a morning meeting might disrupt, rather than help, some developers.

Check with each team member to determine a specific time that works best for the whole group.
For example, move the standup meeting to right before or right after a typical break time.

Experiment with different times and see which ones result in effective Agile standup meetings.

4. Mix it up
If tight deadlines are a struggle, the Agile team likely already thinks it has too many meetings.
To give the team some time back on its schedule, skip the part where everyone gives an update.
Ask only about problematic stories or tasks, and then end the meeting.
Perhaps you only cover the issues or questions that are blocking work.
If there are none, end the standup there.
If any team members need input, limit the discussion and meet later if you need more details.

5. Be on time
How can you run a standup meeting if you are not there?

The Agile standup leader must be on time and ready for discussion.
Nothing kills team energy more than a leader who is consistently late, unorganized or unprepared.
Respect your team’s time and productivity.
If you cannot be there, cancel the meeting as early as possible or find a good replacement.
Emergencies happen, but otherwise, do not waste people’s time.

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