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The Dream Agile Stand Up
The Dream Stand Up Model - origins
Stand ups are not
unique to I.T.
The dream stand up model
Having a stand up each
day does not mean you
are agile
Stand ups are
not
management
updates
Commitment and Communication
The Stand up
meeting is purely
about
commitment and
communication
Example, feeling good
on a ...
Mechanics
• Everyone stands, no one sits (including observers /
managers)
• Congregate around the work board
• 15 minutes ...
Mechanics - accomplishments
Focus on accomplishments, not activities;
• attending a meeting is an activity, not an accompl...
Mechanics - Commitments
• The Stand up is about standing before the team to make a
promise
• The feeling should be “I don’...
Mechanics - blockers
• What’s the blocker and what it is blocking?
• Who can help clear the block?
• If you don’t know wha...
Tips
• Rotate responsibility of kicking off standup
– if you’re the leader stand up but don’t say anything, see
how long e...
Tips
• Make it a team norm or stand up rule that anyone can suggest
that we quickly end a discussion that is taking too lo...
Biggest tip 
The Daily Scrum is intended to disrupt old habits
of working separately. Members should remain
vigilant for ...
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The dream stand up

  1. 1. The Dream Agile Stand Up
  2. 2. The Dream Stand Up Model - origins Stand ups are not unique to I.T.
  3. 3. The dream stand up model Having a stand up each day does not mean you are agile Stand ups are not management updates
  4. 4. Commitment and Communication The Stand up meeting is purely about commitment and communication Example, feeling good on a Friday morning because its the weekend, and making commitments you cant deliver to on a Monday
  5. 5. Mechanics • Everyone stands, no one sits (including observers / managers) • Congregate around the work board • 15 minutes or less, and the same time day every day • Talk to the board – focus on the board • Mix up the order so it keeps people on their toes • Avoid questions that can lead to diversions, stop them by bringing the group back into focus e.g. “that’s interesting, can I catch up with you afterwards on that” • Prepare before the meeting – this helps the “oh no, I’ve frozen” • Answer the 3 questions only (Yesterday, today, blockers)
  6. 6. Mechanics - accomplishments Focus on accomplishments, not activities; • attending a meeting is an activity, not an accomplishment • mentioning that you attended a meeting is like saying I worked at my computer for 4 hours • what was accomplished via your attendance at the meeting • what was accomplished via the convening of the meeting • If you can not think of an accomplishment from the meeting then you should really consider why you attended • In the future consider this before attending a meeting, “Tomorrow morning what will I say was accomplished?” If you can’t come up with anything then skip the meeting. • Caveat: of course there are some meetings that you just can’t skip, like those you are required by management to attend. – Just don’t mention those.
  7. 7. Mechanics - Commitments • The Stand up is about standing before the team to make a promise • The feeling should be “I don’t want to let the team down” • Example: – “Today I will complete the story I pulled last evening” – “Today I will assist with the grooming of the backlog” – “Today I will help Bernard complete the updates to our wiki page cataloging our client api” – “Today Jeffrey and I are going to pair on the story Genghis pulled while working with Gertrude yesterday afternoon.” • Don’t overcommit yourself, be realistic, maybe even a little pessimistic
  8. 8. Mechanics - blockers • What’s the blocker and what it is blocking? • Who can help clear the block? • If you don’t know what to do next, ask to talk more about the blocker at the end of the meeting • The SCRUM Master is there to facilitate blocking issues – they may not know how to personally unblock them, but should help in finding someone that can
  9. 9. Tips • Rotate responsibility of kicking off standup – if you’re the leader stand up but don’t say anything, see how long everyone else stands there before self organizing. they quickly get the hint. • if everyone keeps looking at the scrum master/lead you should step back or stand in a place that makes it hard to see you – A suggestion maybe standing behind or out of the person’s visual field. • use a little plastic toy as a team mascot and let everyone pass it around like a hot potato. the person holding the toy is the one to speak next.
  10. 10. Tips • Make it a team norm or stand up rule that anyone can suggest that we quickly end a discussion that is taking too long – In standup we want speed over verboseness – “Let’s discuss this further after stand up.” – Invite anyone that wants to participate in the conversation to stick around • People arriving late for standup, implement a stand up rule that you have to sing your countries national anthem if you arrive late. • Be wary of the same update day after day. this is indicative of problem the team needs to address. • Ask someone to summarize the teams accomplishments and commitments for the day
  11. 11. Biggest tip  The Daily Scrum is intended to disrupt old habits of working separately. Members should remain vigilant for signs of the old approach. For example, looking only at the Scrum Master when speaking is one symptom that the team hasn’t learned to operate as a self-organizing entity.

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