Agile Methodology - Daily Stand-Up

Day by day stand-up, as the name recommends, is a daily status meeting among all the members of an agile team. It not only gives a discussion for regular updates but also brings the problems of colleagues into focus so that it can be quickly addressed. Daily stand-up is a must-do practice, no matter how an agile team is established regardless of its office location.

What is Daily Stand-up?

  • A daily stand-up is a day by day status meeting among all colleagues and it is held generally for 15 minutes.

  • Every member has to respond three important questions −

    • What I did yesterday?
    • What I'll do today?
    • Any impediment I am facing.../ I am blocked due to...
  • Daily stand-up is for status update, not for any conversation. For conversation, colleagues should schedule another meeting at a different time.

  • Participants usually stand instead of sitting so that the meeting gets over rapidly.

Why Stand-up is Important?

The benefits of having a daily stand-up in agile are as per the following −

  • The team can evaluate the progress every day and see if they can deliver aaccording to the iteration plan.
  • Each colleague informs all about his/ her responsibilities for the day.
  • It provides visibility to the team on any postponement or obstacles.

Who Attends a Stand-up?

  • The scrum master, the product owner, and the delivery team should attend the stand-up regularly.

  • Stakeholders and clients are encouraged to attend the meeting and they can act as an observer, but they are not supposed to participate in stand-ups.

  • It is the scrum master's responsibility to take note of each colleague's questions and the issues they are facing.

Geographically Dispersed Teams

Stand-ups can be done in multiple ways, in case the agile team members are operating from various time zones −

  • Select a member on a rotational basis, who can attend the stand-up meeting of teams located in various time zones.

  • Have a separate stand-up per team, update the status of the stand-up in a tool such as Rally, SharePoint, Wikis and so on.

  • Have a wide variety of communication tools ready like conference call, video conferencing, instant messengers, or any other third-party information sharing tools.

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