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Tips For Your Daily Stand-up Meetings

Followers of the Scrum method of project management will typically start their day with a "stand-up meeting".  In short, this is a quick daily meeting (15 minutes or less) where the participants share the answers to the following questions with each other[1]:

  • Was I able to fulfill what I committed to?
  • What am I comfortable committing to today?
  • What is obstructing me in meeting my commitments?

Jason Yip from Thoughtworks has written an excellent article entitled It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns of Daily Stand-up Meetings on how to hold an effective daily stand-up meeting.   In it, he helps answer questions such as:

  • "What is the purpose of the daily stand-up meeting?"
  • "Who attends the daily stand-up?"
  • "What do we talk about during the daily stand-up?"
  • "When and where are the daily stand-ups held?"
  • "How do we keep up the energy level of the daily stand-up?"
  • "How do we encourage self-managing daily stand-ups?"


  • "Smells are about when things are going wrong"

Check it out!

[1] It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns of Daily Stand-up Meetings,  Jason Yip, ThoughtWorks, Inc.