This is a daily meeting (usually in the morning), which allows the team to remain updated on progress and
The meeting should not take more than 15 minutes, and each person should have no more than 2 mins. to
speak. Each person in the team should answer the following 3 questions:
• What did you work on yesterday?
• What are you going to work on today?
• What is blocking you from completing any tasks?
Ideally it should be done standing up (as the name suggests), or ideally around your scrum/Kanban board where
you can update this and ensure its maintained.
What Did You Do Yesterday?
• Update everyone on progress on the task they are working on.
• For the Team Lead and the rest of the team to follow progress without having to chase.
• If nothing is done then it indicates there is a problem?
• If its not going fast maybe there's an issue with the estimate and initial workload scoped?
What Are You Going to Do Today?
• Each team member will discuss plans for that day.
• Good way to ensure each person is responsible for what they are doing.
• If there is nothing to do, its good that you had the meeting at the beginning of the day and catch the problem early
What Are Your Blocking Points?
• Final point to identify any impediments or bottlenecks.
• What is preventing productivity?
• Are there any new issues the team need to know about?
• Issues could be from hardware issues, emergency leave?
• Dependency on another team or person?
• The Scrum Master is responsible for taking note on these and then removing them for the team.
• Team members give their answers to the scrum master, or agile coach, or a member of the team,
instead of to the team.
• Meetings take too long.
• The team starts solving a blocking issue that was raised, completely derailing the daily stand-up.
• Some members give answers that are too detailed, and they take up too much time with their
• Team members fail to show up to the meeting.
• Some team members take the daily stand-up as a competition to overstate their accomplishments.
• The team answers the questions succinctly, without transferring anything meaningful to other
members of the team.
• Meeting participants who are not team members take over the meeting.
• Members identify the same impediments day after day, and they are never resolved.
Daily Stand Up Tips – Starting the Meeting
Always start them on time
Arrive Last, Speak First
Pick a Card
Test team’s self organization – don’t set it up!
Always same location
Have at the beginning of the day - But not to start the day!
Rotate the facilitator
Have clear rules
Daily Stand Up Tips – Conducting the Meeting
Use a ball to decide who gets to speak
Use visual aids – but update tools after
Focus on the meeting - No mobile phones!
Trigger an alarm to start
Collaboration is key
Change how how the questions are asked:
- What you did to change the world yesterday?
- How are you going to crush it today?
- How you are going to blast through any obstacles unfortunate enough to be standing in your way?
It’s a daily scum – huddle together and stand!
Break eye contact
Daily Stand Up Tips – Prioritize the Meeting
Priority should be on removing blocking issues – as a team if possible
Identify and plan and assign removal of impediments
Keep the focus on updates
Team is the most important – It’s a meeting for the team, by the team
Its’ not a report to a manger or a Q&A session
No technical discussion
“Focus on the baton, not the runners”
Discuss all the work in progress
Daily Stand Up Tips – Goals of the Meeting
Use the acronym GIFTS for the goals of your daily stand up, standing for:
• Good Start, Improvement, Focus, Team, Status, or:
• To help start the day well
• To support improvement
• To reinforce focus on the right things
• To reinforce the sense of team
• To communicate what is going on
The meeting should be motivating and inspiring. People should leave feeling with purpose and a plan
Daily Stand Up Tips – Attendees of the Meeting
Any role can attend – but anyone not in the development team is an observer
Specific discussion must to taken off-line
Split the team if its too large
Use video conference for distributed teams
Daily Stand Up Tips – Meeting Length
Keep it short – max 15 mins.
Daily Stand Up Tips – Ending the Meeting
Mark the end of the meeting - Go team!
Send mini-report if useful
Evaluate & review standups