This is a quick blog post with some tips for effective stand-ups that a friend asked me to write so he could share it with someone else. So here it is Mark.
These 4Ps came to life when I was working with Amy Wagner creating and delivering some training in Brussels. The training was intended to help a team get better at the way they worked together and stand-ups were an area that needed attention. This isn’t uncommon for digital teams, they may be having regular stand-ups, but the real value can sometimes get lost.
I have used the 4Ps in my work since then and at a workshop at Agile in the city Bristol and then Agile in the city Birmingham about making standups (and retrospectives) more effective.
Firstly, what is a stand-up? (sometimes known as the daily scrum)
A regular standing meeting that agile teams have, every day for 15mins.
Why do we have them?
I used this definition from Jason Yip in my workshops
Stand-ups are a mechanism to regularly synchronise so that teams…
- share understanding of goals
- coordinate efforts
- share problems and improvements
- identify as a team
How can we make them better?
The 4 P’s of effective stands-ups
Preparation Think about your update in advance
Think about what you have been doing and what you want to share with the rest of the team, don’t just run in the door, into the stand-up and say the first thing you can remember.
Prioritisation Don’t talk about ALL the things
Not everything is relevant or valuable to everyone else, talk about the most important things that other people need to know or things you need help with. Keep the current goal in mind too.
People Talk to the team, not to the leader (scrum master, agile coach etc)
This isn’t a status meeting, this is a chance to talk to the team, so talk to the team and listen to each other.
Problems Raise issues and help each other
The stand-up is the place to say when you are blocked or stuck, but don’t wait to be asked, it’s also a great place to offer help to each other.
What are your top tips for effective stand-ups? (They don’t have to alliterate, but it’s neat when they do 🙂 )
Photo by Drew Stephens